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Called Meeting Charlotte, N. C, January 18, 1926 1 1 

Adjourned Meeting .... Charlotte, N. C, February 1, 1926 | g 

Adjourned Meeting .... Charlotte, N. C, March 1, 1926 | g 

Adjourned Meeting Charlotte, N. C, May 10, 1926 1 1 

Next Adjourned Meeting . Charlotte, N. C, 2 P M., July 5, 1926 1 1 

Next Stated Meeting . . . Banks, 10 A. M., October 26, 1926 1 1 

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113th Stated Session, Sugaw Creek Church 
April 1345, 1926 



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DIRECTORY 

Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D., Moderator Walkersville, N. C 

Rev. J. G. Garth, Stated Clerk Charlotte, N. C 

Rev. J. W. Stork, Permanent Clerk Charlotte, N. C. 

W. E, Price, Treasurer Home Missions Charlotte, N. C. 

Trustees of Presbytery^ W. H. Belk, J. M. Gates, J. L. Choate. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Presbytery's Home Missions — J. M. Walker, H. E. Gurney, W. R. 
Coppedge, W. B. S. Chandler, C. H. Little, F. S. Neal, W. H. 
Belk, T. J. Smith, C. P. Brown, W. E. Price, J. F. Ligon, Dr. 
R. H. Lafferty. 

PERMANENT COMMITTEES 

1. Foreign Missions — J. F. Ligon, J. W. Grier, W. B. Mcllwaine, 
W. L. Wallis, J. Arthur Henderson, M. B. Spier, R. N. Nesbit. 

2. Assembly's Home Missions— W. B. S. Chandler, C. H. Little, 
A. S. Anderson, Jno. B. Ross. 

3. Christian Education and Ministerial Relief — J. W. Grier, M, E. 
Sentelle, L. W. Brown, J. W. McClung. 

4. Religious Education — General Chairman, G. F. Bell. 

(i) Children's Division: W. M. Wilcox, W. E. Price, M. E. 
Peabody. 

(2) Young People's Division : W. B. S. Chandler, J. G. Garth, W. 
W. Moore, F. H. Bierman. 

(3) Leadership Training: W. S. Hamiter, S. B. Lyerly, H. J. 
Spencer. 

(4) Sunday School Extension : S. B. McLean, S. A. Ewart, G. 
M. Beaty, Dr. R. H. Lafferty. 

5. Bible Causers. B. Lyerly, J. W. Stork, J. W. Pharr. 

6. Synod's Home Missions— L E. Wallace, B. B. Shankel, C H^ 
Caldwell, D. S. Monteith. 

7. Orphans' Home— W. H. Johnston, R. W. Culbertson, Wm. 
Anderson, W. A. Jamison. 

8. Schools and Colleges— W. R. Coppedge, J. R. Bridges, R. N. 
Nesbit, Beatty Faires, G. M. Rose, Jr. 

9. Sabbath and Family Religion— R. J. Mcllwain, B. B. Shankel, 
W. S. Hamiter, Thos. Spratt, Wm. Ross. 

10. Evangelist— A. A. Walker, C. E. White, T. G. Hardie. 

11. Men's and Women's Societies — W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., L. R, 
Walker, W. C. Underwood, J. R. Irwin. 

12. Auditing — J. F, Jamison, J. O. Thomas. 

13. Stewardship— A. A. Walker*, H. E. Gurney, W. H. Frazer, L. R. 
Walker, W. E. Price, M. B. Spier, F. S. Neal, J. H. Wearn. 

14. Men's Work— P. S. Gilchrist, C. P. Brown, H. J. Spencer, J. M. 
Oldham, J. P. Marsh, M. E. Trotter, J. M. Harris. 

'15. Sessional Records— A. H. Atkins, W. C. Rourk, M. E. Trotter, 
J. M. Harris, A. M. Gray, J. P. Marsh, R. S. Burwell, A. R. 
Shaw, R. W. Culbertson, F. L. Pickett, Q. N. Honeycutt, W. T. 
Smith. 



♦Resigned. 

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113th Stated Session, Sugaw Creek Church 
April 1345, 1926 



Called Meeting . .... Charlotte, N. C, January 18, 1926 
Adjourned Meeting .... Charlotte, N. C, February 1, 1926 
Adjourned Meeting .... Charlotte, N. C, March 1, 1926 

Adjourned Meeting Charlotte, N. C, May 10, 1926 

Next Adjourned Meeting . Charlotte, N. C, 2 P. M., July 5, 1926 
Next Stated Meeting . . . Banks, 10 A. M., October 26, 1926 






STATED SPRING SESSION 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in 113th Stated Session at 
at Sugaw Creek Church, Tuesday, April 13, 1926, and was 
opened with a sermon by the Moderator, Rev. C. E. White, 
on Luke 19:10. 

The Presbytery was constituted with prayer by the 
Moderator. 

The roll was called and the following found present or 
came in later as indicated : 

Ministers: G. G. Huntington, A. R. Shaw, A. A. Mc- 
Geachy (2), C C. Beam, Wm. Black, M. E. Sentelle, W. H. 
Johnston (2), T. C McGehee, J. W. Grier, R. J. Mcllwain, 
H. E. Gurney (2), L. W. Brown (2), C. H. Little, B. B. 
Shankel, W. R. Coppedge, G. F. Bell, R. S. Burwell (2), A. S. 
Johnson, J. J. Douglass (2), C. E. White, A. S. Anderson (2), 
R. W. Culbertson, J. G. Garth, J. W. Stork, W. C. Rourk, J. 
M. Walker (2), W. C Underwood, W. H. Frazer, Q. N. 
Honeycutt, S. A. Ewart, W. S. Hamiter (2), S. B. Lyerly, 
Theo. F. Huneycutt, J. F. Ligon, M. E. Peabody, W. B. S. 
Chandler, H. H. Cassady (2), W. P. Chedester, W. T. Smith, 
A. A. Walker, R. P. Walker, J. H. Smith (2), I. E. Wallace 
(2), C. G. Long (2), C. W. Sommerville, L. R. Walker, A. H. 
Atkins, Wilson W. Moore (2), S. B. McLean— 49. 

Ministers not present: J. M. Moore*, G. P. Stevens*, 
R. T. Coit*, W. C. McLauchlin*, R. L. Patrick, R. S. Latti- 
mer*, A. H. Temple*, R. H. M. Brown, W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., 
J. A. McQueen, C. C. Anderson, L. H. Query— 12. 

Churches represented: Albemarle First, J. M. Morrow; 
Altan, R. W. Elliott ; Amity, John Catt ; Banks, O. W. Potts ; 
Bethel, W. J. Knox; Bethlehem, Fred Clontz ; Caldwell 
Memorial, M. W. Woodside ; Carmel, W. S. Alexander ; Cen- 
tral Steel Creek, C. B. Choate ; Charlotte First, R. A. Dunn; 
Charlotte Second, J. W. Pharr; Cooks Memorial, C. F. 
Spain ; Cornelius, J. L Proctor ; Hopewell, E. V. Kdrns ; 
Huntersville, J. W. Monteith; Indian Trail, E. J. Stinson ; 
Lee Park, A. F. Tiddy; Mallard Creek, W. S. Bennifield; 
Matthews, N. O. Alexander; McGee, S. M. Alexander; Mon- 
roe First, W. A. Henderson; Mt. Gilead, W. B. Cochran; 
Mulberry, H. C. Rhyne ; Newell, W. A. Douglass; North 
Charlotte, H. M. Nicholson; Norwood, G. W. Stinson; 



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Pageland, D. E, Clark ; Paw Creek, G. A. Todd ; Peg-ram 
Street, M. E. Trotter; Philadelphia, D. A. Henderson; Pine- 
ville, W. A. Rodgers ; Pleasant Hill, E. W. McKnight ; Prov- 
idence, J. B. Coffey; Ramah, D. W. Mayes; Rehoboth, E. J. 
Sims ; Robinson, D. A. Johnston ; Seversville, R. O. Robin- 
son ; Sharon, J. F. Black; Siler, E. H. Morris, Steele Creek, 
Wirt Pegram ; St. Pauls, N. C. White ; Sugaw Creek, R. W. 
McConnell; Tenth Ave., T. E. Grey; Thomasboro, W. L. 
Summerville ; Turner, J. C. Richardson ; Wadesboro, W. C. 
Via; Walkersville, S. B. McWhirter ; Waxhaw, J. R. Belk; 
West Avenue, W. A. Jamison ; Westminster, D. S. Mon- 
teith ; Williams Memorial, W. T. Hutchison ; Wilmore, C. D. 
Wilson. 

Rev. Q. N. Honeycutt, Th.D., of Walkersville was elected 
Moderator by acclamation. 

The election of Stated Clerk and Treasurer was made the 
first order of Wednesday after the morning call. 

Rev. C. G. Long was elected Temporary Clerk. 

The following hours of meeting were named by the com- 
mittee on Devotional Exercises : 9 a. m. to 12 N. ; 2 p. m. to 5 
p. m. and 8 p. m. to adjourn at will. The report was adopted. 

The minutes of the last adjourned meeting were read and 
approved. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer by Rev. W. H. Frazer 
until 9 a. m. tomorrow morning. 



WEDNESDAY— 9:00 A. M. 

Presbytery met at 9:00 a. m. and was opened with devo- 
tional exercises conducted by Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D. 

Rev. J. G. Garth was appointed to report the actions of 
Presbytery for the daily papers. 

The Moderator appointed the following committees. 

Standing Committees : 

Bills and Overtures: C. E. White, J. W. Grier, R. J. Mc- 
Ilwaine, J. M. Morrow, R. A. Dunn. 

Judicial: C. H. Little, W. R. Coppedge, L. W. Brown, 
M. E. Trotter, M. W. Woodside. 



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Calls and Supplies: J. F. Ligon, W. T. Smith, W. P. 
Chedester, N. C. White, S. B. McWhirter. 

Records of Presbytery: R. J. Mcllwaine, C. W. Somer- 
ville, W. H. Johnstone, J. W. Monteith, G. D. Grey. 

Minutes of Ssmod: T. F. Huneycutt, W. C. Underwood, 
S. A. Ewart, C. B. Choate, J. W. Pharr. 

Home Missions: G. F. Bell, S. B. Lyerly, T. F. Huney- 
cutt, G. W. Stinson, D. E. Clark. 

Leave of Absence: A. H. Atkins, W. W. Moore, C. C. 
Beam, W. H. Anderson, Fred Clontz. 

Devotional Exercises: M. E. Peabody, R. W. McConnell. 

Church Societies: L. R. Walker, M. E. Trotter, S. B. 
Lyerly. 

Nominations: Q. N. Huneycutt, J. G. Garth, J. M. 
Walker, William Black, W. B. Cochran. 

The dissolution of the pastoral relation between Rev. 
R. P. Walker, D.D., and the churches at Paw Creek and 
Cook's Memorial was made second order of the morning. 

Schools and Colleges was given second order of the af- 
ternoon session. 

Sabbath Observance and Family Religion was given 
third order of the afternoon session. 

Report on Evangelism was g'iven third order of the 
morning session. 

Report of the installation of Rev. C. G. Long as pastor of 
Albemarle First Church was adopted. 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg in session at Sugaw Creek : 

The commission appointed to install Rev. Chalmers G. Long as 
pastor of the church at Albemarle begs to report that it performed 
this duty on Sunday evening, March 28th. 

There were present the Revs. J. W. Walker, J. W. Stork and 
W. H. Frazer. 

Dr. Frazer presided, preached the sermon, and propounded the 
constitutional questions. Rev. J. M. Walker delivered the charge to 
the pastor, and Rev. J. W. Stork, the charge to the people. 

Respectfully submitted^ 

W. H. FRAZER, Chairman. 



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Report of Committee on Vacancy and Supply was 
adopted as follows : 

Your Committee on Vacancy and Supply respectfully reports 
the following churches not regularly supplied with preaching either 
by pastors or stated supplies: Rockingham; Amity; West Avenue, 
Charlotte; Hopewell; and the groups composed of Candor, Biscoe 
and Macedonia; Polkton and Peachland; and Waxhaw and Six 
Mile Creek. 

The services of W. G. Thomas, a student in Union Theological 
Seminary have been secured to supply Candor, Biscoe, and Mace- 
donia, during the summer months. Under the direction of the 
Home Mission Committee, Rev. R. J. Mcllwain will supply Polkton 
and Peachland; and Mr. Frank Grier has been giving Waxhaw 
regular services. With the approval of Presbytery he will continue 
to do so; and will also supply Six Mile Creek. 

No vacant church in the Presbytery has asked that its name be 
listed with Assembly's Bureau of Vacancy and Supply; and no 
preacher has requested that his name be listed with the same 
bureau. 

We recommend (i) that Presbytery commend this committee to 
the vacant churches of the Presbytery, or those that become vacant. 
We are ready to serve these vacant churches in every way possible, 
if we may do so with their consent and approval. 

(2) That this committee be listed with the other permanent 
committees of the Presbytery in the directory in Presbytery's min- 
utes, for the information of those who may wish to avail themselves 
of its help. 

3. That Rev. J. G. Garth be substituted on the committee in the 
stead of Rev. C. C. Anderson, who is to labor without the bounds 
of the Presbytery. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. A. WALKER. 

Rev. J. G. Garth was elected Stated Clerk to fill the un- 
expired term of Rev. C. C. Anderson, resigned. 

The pastoral relation between Rev. R. P. Walker, D.D., 
and Paw Creek and Cook's Memorial churches was dis- 
solved and he was granted a letter of dismission to Enoree 
Presbytery, Synod of South Carolina. 

The report of the Evangelistic Committee was read, 
amended and adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON EVANGELISM 

The results ofthe evangelistic services conducted under the 
direction of your Committee on Evangelism during the past year, 
confirm our behef in the high spiritual value of such meetings. In 
the judgment of your committee, there is one danger to be guarded 
against in the custom of the annual evangelistic meeting; and it is 



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that there might arise a tendency to believe that only at such meet- 
ings may special efforts be made to save men. The fact that the 
"winning of souls" is an all-year task cannot be over-emphasized. 
Nor must we be unmindful of the further fact that the deepening of 
the spiritual life of the church through a series of evangelistic 
meetings, if not a single name be added to the church roll, is a 
rich compensation for the time and money expended. It frequently 
happens that the enlarging of the spiritual vision is the great need 
of a church, and the truest evidence of a revival. 

At the Spring session of Presbytery, a year ago, your commit- 
tee, with approval of Presbytery, made assignments for 56 meet- 
ings. In 13 of the churches where these assignments were made, no 
meetings were held ; 18 meetings were held by the preachers assigned, 
and 24 were held by others than those assigned. Meetings were 
held in a total of 331 days ; with 283 professions of faith ; 199 ac- 
cessions to the church by profession, and 38 by letter; making a 
total of 2.2i'7 additions to the church. 

Your committee would recommend : 

1. That Presbytery express its appreciation of the cordial sup- 
port and co-operation on the part of the preachers who conducted 
the meetings, and the sessions and churches for releasing their pas- 
tors for this work. Their cheerful compliance without requests has 
made our task a joy 

2. That Presbytery again call upon the pastors of the Presby- 
tery to aid in the evangelistic meetings during this year ; and the 
sessions and churches to lend their pastors to this cause. 

3. That the responsibility for the arranging of these meetings 
is with the pastors and churches where the meetings are to be held. 
And that such pastors and churches, as soon as possible, after the 
close of this Prebytery, communicate with the preacher assigned, to 
perfect the plans for the meetings. 

4. That the churches where the meetings are held pay the ex- 
penses of the preachers conducting them. 

5. That the churches where the meetings are held be instructed 
to report to the chairman of this committee, (a) the date set for 
the meetings as early as practicable after the arrangements have 
been completed; and (b) that immediately after the close of the 
meeting they report in the following items : preacher conducting 
meeting; date; number of days; number of professions of faith; 
number of accessions by profession; and number of accessions by 
letter. 

6. That at the Fall meeting of Presbytery an hour be devoted to 
the study and discussion of Evangelism under the direction of your 
Committee on Evangelism. 

7. That J. M. Walker, G. F. Bell, and W. H. Frazer be ap- 
pointed a committee with instructions to report at the Fall meeting 
of the Presbytery, defining the duties and functions of the Com- 
mittee on Evangelism. 

8. That the following assignments for meetings to be held dur- 
ing the year, be approved : 



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Robinson, C. G. Long; Allen, W. T. Smith; Cornelius, S. B. 
Lyerly; Bethel, A. A. Walker, Indian Trail, J. F. Ligon ; Siler, C. H. 
Little; Peachland, J. M. Walker; Polkton, J. W. Stork; Troy, J. W. 
Stork; Wadeville, J. G. Garth; Star, R. J. Mcllwain, Mt. Carmel, 
C. E. White; Marston, W. B. S. Chandler; Roberdel, A. S. Ander- 
son; Brainard, S. B. McLean; Cameronian, C. E. White; Oakboro, 
A. A. Walker; Locust, W. B. Mcllwaine ; Stanfield, B. B. Shankel ; 
Morgan Memorial, S. B. McLean; Pageland, J. W. Stork; Beulah, 
W. T. Smith; Salem, R. J. Mcllwain; Candor, G. F. Bell; Biscoe, 
M. E. Peabody; Macedonia, J. G. Garth; ;North Charlotte, G. F. 
Bell; Unionville, J. M. Walker; Bethlehem, W. H. Frazer; Midland, 
A. A. Walker; Badin, L. R. Walker; Palestine, S. A. Ewart ; Cam- 
den, L. W. Brown ; Lilesville, S. B, Lyerly ; Midway, W. T. Smith ; 
Oakridge, Marshville, Wilmore, Ellerbe, Norman, McLean Memo- 
rial, Rourks Chapel, Pegram Street, Walkersville, Bethany, Reho- 
both, and Altan to be arranged for by their pastor; and that the 
pastors of churches or groups having mission points arrange for 
meetings at those places. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. A. WALKER. 
C. E. WHITE. 

Discussion of the Jurisdiction of the Evangelistic Com- 
mittee was deferred to afternoon session. 

The Presbytery enjoyed an excellent sermon by Rev. 
Lynn R. Walker, D.D., from Jno. 1 :46, on the subject of 
Personal Evangelism. 

The following were added to the Sessional Records Com- 
mittee : W. A. Jamison, Theo. F. Huneycutt, H. G. Rhine, 
and Robt. Freeman. 

Benediction was pronounced by Mr. Walker and Presby- 
tery took recess until 2 :(X) p. m. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Examination for licensure of Mr. T. F. Grier was fixed 
as first order for Thursday morning. Rev. J. R. Bridges, 
D.D., was given fourth order of the afternoon session in in- 
terest of Presbyterian Standard. 

The Presbytery proceeded to elect commissioners to 
attend the General Assembly at Pensacola, Fla., May 20-28, 
1926. 

It was moved that the four receiving the highest number 
of votes be made principals, and the four receiving the next 
highest number be alternates. 



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The following were elected in order : 

Ministers: W. H. Frazer, D.D., R. J. Mcllwain, C. E. 
White, J. F. Ligon ; alternates in order: W. B. Mcllwaine, 
L. R. Walker, D.D., W. B. S. Chandler, and Q. N. Huney- 
cutt, Th.D. 

Elders: Principals: Frank E. Neal (Sugaw Creek), 
Bruce Hutchison (Williams Memorial), M. W. Woodside 
(Caldwell Memorial), and Morris E. Trotter (Pegram St.) ; 
alternates: W. B. Cochrane (Mt. Gilead), O. W. Potts 
(Banks), N. J. Phillips (Wilmore), and J. W. McClung 
(Charlotte First). 

Report of the Stanly Hall Committee was read by Rev. 
A. A. Walker and received : 

At the meeting of the Presbytery at Thomasboro, September 
15, 16, 1925, a committee composed of A. A. Walker, W. E, Price, and 
A. C. Hunneycutt, was appointed to inquire into the status of Stanly 
Hall at Locust. 

Your committee recommended the election of three men to act as 
trustees of Stanly Hall with J. A. Little and W. L. Wallis. Accord- 
ingly, J. F. Ligon, W. E. Price and S. B. McLean were elected. But 
the minutes of that Presbytery failed to record that election. In- 
asmuch as this inquiry was projected to remove any cloud on the 
title of this property, and because of the failure of the minutes to 
record this election may make a defect in their authority. 

Resolved that the election of these men, J. F. Ligon, W. E. Price, 
and S. B. McLean, be recorded on thd minutes of this Presbytery 
and date from September 16, 1925, with the above explanation. 

A. A. WALKER. 
W. E. PRICE. 

A paper was read by Rev. R. S. Burwell from Barium 
Springs and received as information. 

Report of the ordination and installation of Rev. J. C. 
McGehee as pastor of Robinson and Allen churches was 
made and he was enrolled as a member of the Presbytery 
after signing the obligation. Records of the commission are 
as follows : 



10 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

FOR ROBINSON CHURCH 

Charlotte, N. C, April 12, 1926. 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg, 113th Stated Session, Sugaw 
Creek Church, April 13, 1926: 

The commission heretofore appointed by the Presbytery to 
ordain Rev. J. C. McGehee, licentiate, and install him as pastor of 
Robinson and Allen churches, makes the following report, viz : 

At II o'clock a. m. on April 11, 1926, the commission, composed 
of Rev. A. A. Walker, as chairman. Rev. T. F. Huneycutt and Rev. 
S. B. McLean and Ruling Elder W. E. Price, met at Robinson Church 
at the regular morning service and after the singing of one or more 
hymns and the invocation by Rev. A. A. Walker, the commission of 
Presbytery was constituted with prayer by Rev. T. F. Honeycutt. 
Rev. A. A. Walker presided as chairman of the commission, Rev. 
S. B. McLean acted as secretary, and after brief recital by the 
chairman of previous proceedings ofthe Presbytery preparatory to 
the ordination, pointing out the nature and importance of the or- 
dinance, Rev. J. C. McGehee was called upon by the commission to 
preach and he did preach a sermon, due notice having been pre- 
viously given himi by the chairman, as a part of his trials for or- 
dination (this having been omitted by the Presbytery for lack of 
time on the occasion of his examination for ordination), and his 
sermon was unanimously approved by the commission. His text 
was I Cor, i :23, 24. 

Following the trial sermon of Mr. McGehee and its approval by 
the commission and the singing of a hymn, Rev. A. A. Walker 
preached from the text Ephesians i :22, 23, especially the words, 
"The Church, which is His Body." 

The questions for ordination prescribed in the Book of Church 
Order were then proposed by the chairman to the candidate for or- 
dination and being answered in the affirmaive, the usual questions 
to the congregation were then proposed and affirmative answers 
being given, the candidate. Rev, J, C. McGehee, was then set apart 
to the holy office of the Gospel ministry, with prayer and laying on 
of hands of the Presbytery, according to the apostolic example, 
after which the chairman and other members of the Presbytery ex- 
tended the right hand of fellowsip, and declaration was then made 
that Rev. J. C. McGehee has been regularly elected, ordained and 
installed pastor of Robinson Church, agreeably to the Word of God, 
and according to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in the 
United States. 

A charge to the pastor was then delivered by Rev. S. B. McLean, 
and a charge to the congregation by Ruling Elder W. E. Price, and 
the service was closed with the benediction by Rev. T. F. Huneycutt. 

Respectfully submitted, 

S. B. McLEAN, Secretary. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 11 

FOR ALLEN CHURCH 

Charlotte, N. C, April 12, 1926. 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg, 113th Stated Session, Sugaw 
Creek Church, April 13, 1926: 

The commission heretofore appointed by the Presbytery to in- 
stall Rev. J. C. McGehee as pastor of Allen Church makes the fol- 
lowing report : 

At 3 o'clock p. m., April 11, 1926, the commission, composed of 
Rev. A. A. Walker as chairman, Rev. T, F. Honeycutt, Rev. S. B. 
McLeart and ruling elder W. E. Price, met at Allen Church at the 
regular hour forthe afternoon service, in the presence of the con- 
gregation, Rev. S. B. McLean acting as Secretary. 

After the singing of a hymn, the commission of Presbytery was 
constituted with prayer by Rev. S. B. McLean. Rev. A. A. Walker, 
who presided, preached a sermon from the text Ephesians 5 125, 
"Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for it." 

The chairman of the commission then made a brief recital of 
the previous proceedings of the Presbytery in reference to the 
relationship contemplated between Rev. J. C. McGehee and Allen 
Church, his ordination at Robinson Church on the morning of April 
II, 1926, following which the questions for installation prescribed in 
the Book of Church Order were proposed by the chairman to the 
pastor and to the congregation in order and all were answered 
affirmatively. Prayer was then offered by Rev. A. A. Walker. Rev. 
T. F. Huneycutt charged the pastor and ruling elder W. E. Price 
charged te chongregation. Rev. J. C. McGehee pronounced the 
benediction. 

S. B. McLEAN, Secretary. 

Rev. E. G. Carson of the First A. R. P. Church of Char- 
lotte was received as a visiting brother. 

Rev. A. A. Walker offered his resignation as secretary 
and chairman of Stewardship Committee which was ac- 
cepted. 

Stewardship Committee's report was read and the clerk 
was instructed to send in this report to the Assembly's 
Stewardship Committee, before the meeting of General As- 
sembly. 

REPORT OF STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE 
MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

The Stewardship Committee of Mecklenburg Presbytery held 
conferences during January and February in the following churches : 
Providence, West Avenue, Marshville, Roberdell, Candor, Norwood 
and Hopewell. Representatives from over seventy churches were 
prsent at these conferences. Rev. J. M. Walker, Rev. W. H. Frazer, 
D.D., Rev. J, F. Ligon, and your Secretary spoke on the needs of 
the Causes of our Church. An open conference was conducted by 
J. B. Spillman, Synod's Secretary of Stewardship, following a 



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questionnaire to' bring out tlie most important questions involving 
Stewardship Stewardship, the proper way of conducting an Every 
Member Canvass, how the money given to the Benevolent Causes 
should be collected and distributed. These Conferences were well 
attended and much interest was shown in them. It isthe feeling of 
your Committee that these conferences were well worth the ffort 
that was put into them. 

The president of the Men-of-the-Presbytery, Mr. C. Parks 
Brown, rendered us much assistance in providing teams of Laymen 
to go out to churches that had not been accustomed to putting on 
an Every Member Canvass and presenting the need of the work and 
showing them how to conduct a Canvass. Reports from these teams 
were very encouraging and show that there is a great opportunity 
for using Laymen to get a better financial system in our churches. 

Up to the time of preparing this report fifty-nine churches have 
reported as follows : Number subscriptions to Benevolences 5,372, 
amount subscribed to Benevolences $147,176, number subscriptions 
to Current Expenses 5,935, amount subscribed to Current Expenses 
$173,555, total amount subscribed $320,731. The Quota for the Pres- 
bytery for this year was $174,373, so that we are short of our Quota 
$27,551. This amount could easily be raised if the officers of our 
Church were more diligent in following-up the Canvass. Thirty- 
two churches have failed to report and are as follows : Allen, Altan, 
Badin, Bethany, Beulah, Biscoe, Camden, Candor, Carmel, Hopewell, 
Huntersville, Lee Park, Lilesville, Locust, Marston, Matthews, Mid- 
land, Morgan's Memorial, Mt. Gilead, Norwood, Palestine, Pee Dee, 
Porter, Rockingham, Salem, Sharon, Stanfield, Turner, Wadeville, 
Waxhaw. 

The following commission was appointed to install Rev. 
W. H. Johnston pastor of EUerbe, Mt. Carmel and Norman 
Churches, Revs. W. T. Smith, J. W. Stork, W. R. Coppedge, 
and elder J. I. Campbell with elder W. B. Cochran as alter- 
nate. 

Rev. W. R. Coppedge submitted the report of the Com- 
mittee on Schools and Colleges which was adopted : 

As Chairman of Presbytery's Committee on Schools and Col- 
leges, I desire to submit the following: 

1. A copy of President Martin's report of Davidson College to 
the constituent Presbyteries. 

2. Financial report of Mrs. Elva C. Harris, Superintendent of 
Albemarle Normal and Industrial Institute. 

3. An extract from a letter from Mrs. Harris under date of 
February 26, 1926. 

4. Report of the President of Queens College. 

5. Copy of report of Chairman of Synod's Committee on 
Schools and Colleges to the Presbyterial Chairman. 

We recommend that these reports be read for information. 
Though conditions are not favorable for making any special efforts 
in behalf of these schools, it is important to keep their interests 
and merits before the minds of our people with a view to securing 
special contributions. 



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It is recommended that Presbytery approve the special meet- 
ing of Synod's committee at Montreat suggested by its Chairman, 
and that special prayer for our schools be offered in connection 
with this report, 

W. R. COPPEDGE, Chairman. 

The Committee on Leave of Absence made a partial re- 
port. See Appendix. The report was accepted and special 
prayer was offered by Drs. Frazer and Bridges for schools 
and colleges and also God's blessing upon the wife of Dr. 
A. R. Shaw in her sickness. 

The report of the Committee on Sabbath Observance 
and family Religion was submitted by Rev. R. J. Mcllwain 
and received and the following recommendations adopted : 

REPORT ON SABBATH AND FAMILY RELIGION 

That pastors avail themselves of the opportunity to secure 
most wholesome and inspiring literature, nov^ available at the 
headquarters of the Lord's Day Alliance at New York and of Mr. 
R. E. Magill of Richmond, Va., and that they call the attention of 
their people to this exceptional opportunity. Especially in the 
magazine. The Lord's Day Leader, and a booklet for use in family 
prayer, compiled by Mr. Magill. 

That the annual offering for the Lord's Day Alliance recom- 
mended by the Assembly be taken up in the Presbytery. 

Rev. C. W. Somerville, D.D., in the discussion of the re- 
port spoke on Sabbath Observance, and Rev. J. G. Garth on 
Family Religion. 

Rev. J. R. Bridges, D.D., was heard in behalf of the 
Presbyterian Standard. 

Mr. W. E. Price, Treasurer for Presbytery, reported and 
the report was adopted. 

FINANCIAL REPORT OF W. E. PRICE, TREASURER OF 

MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY YEAR ENDING 

MARCH 31, 1926 

Causes Receipts Disbursements Bal. 

Bible Cause $ 148.65 $ 148.65 

Barium Springs Orphanage 2,469.74 2,469.74 

Education & Mins. Relief 1,530.82 1,530.82 

Schools and Colleges 1,910.25 1,910.25 

Foreign Missions 7,596.44 7,596.44 

Assembly's Home Missions 3,218.86 3,218.86 

Synod's Home Missions 1,618.04 1,618.04 

Presbytery's Home Missions — 

Credit Balance forward 2,452.98 

Receipts for year i8,755-59 

$21,184.57 $19,094.99 $ 2,113.58 



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S. S. Extension and Publication _ 611.17 611. 17 

Assembly's Training School 181.98 181.98 

European Relief 5.48 5.48 

Totals $40,500.00 $38,386.42 $ 2,113.58 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. E. PRICE, Treasurer. 
ATTEST : 

We hereby certify that we have carefull}^ checked the books of 
W. E. Price, Treasurer of Mecklenburg Presbytery, and find same 
correct as per above statement. 

J., F. JAMISON. 

J. E. THOMAS, Auditors. 

Rev.. S. B. Lyerly was added to the Standing Committee 
on Men's and Women's Societies. 

Rev. R. W. Culbertson presented the request that the 
salary of $800.00 paid by the Pleasant Hill Church be re- 
duced to $600.00, which was granted. 

Presbytery took recess to meet at 8:00 p. m. 

NIGHT SESSION— 8 :0a P. M. 

The devotional exercises were led by Rev. J. M. Walker. 
He then introduced the Popular Meeting on Home Missions. 
Mr. Walker presented a report of the work for the past 
year. Different phases of the Home Missions work were 
discussed by the following: Rev. A. A. Walker, Superin- 
tendent of Home Missions, W. E. Price, Treasurer; ruling 
elder, Frank S. Neal, Rev. C. H. Little, Rev. W. T. Smith, 
and Rev. Theo. F. Huneycutt. 

The report of Home Missions Committee was referred 
to the Standing Committee on Home Missions. 

Rev. J. M. Walker led the closing prayer and the Presby- 
tery adjourned to meet at 9:00 a. m. Thursday. 

THURSDAY MORNING— 9:00 O'CLOCK 

The devotional exercises were conducted by Rev. Theo. 
F. Huneycutt. 

Minutes of Wednesday's sessions were read and ap- 
proved. 

Calls to W. W. Moore from Cornelius and Bethel 
Churches were returned by him, having been declined. 



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Rev. J. A. McQueen was given permission to labor out- 
side the bounds of Presbytery until fall meeting. 

Mr. T. F. Grier, a candidate for the ministry under Pres- 
bytery's care requested licensure under the extraordinary 
clause. His A. B. degree from Erskine College was accepted 
in lieu of examination in classical branches ; and his work in 
Louisville Seminary in lieu of examination on original lan- 
guages and church history. 

Mr. Grier was examined on Theology by Dr. A. S. John- 
son. 

Rev. J. G. Garth examined him on Church Government 
and the Sacraments. 

Inasmuch as subjects for the various parts had not been 
assigned, the thesis, exegesis, and popular lecture were 
omitted and the candidate preached a sermon. 

The examination as a whole was sustained and the can- 
didate was licensed in due form. 

The report of the Committee on Foreign Missions was 
submitted by Rev. J. F. Ligon. 

The report was adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN MISSIONS 

Your Committee on Foreign Missions begs leave to submit the 
following report : 

There has come into the hands of your committee from the 
Executive Committee at Nashville an unusually comprehensive and 
illuminating report of the past year's Foreign Mission activities. 
Your committee wishes that it might submit the entire report for 
your information and consideration, and refrains from doing so 
only because of the voluminous nature of the report. We have 
undertaken to give you a general review of the work as a whole 
with a short statement of the work in each mission station. 

General Review of the Work as a Whole 

In spite of peculiar difficulties in three of our largest missions, 
the additions last year were 4,754, an increase of nearly 500 over the 
previous year, bringing the total of our foreign communicants to 
48,455, this number, however, being but a part of the real total, 
since in several of our mission countries thousands of our converts 
have been transferred to independent native churches. 

During the year 27 new missionaries were added, and 25 lost 
from the roll by death and resignation, the number now totalling 
516, including 34 doctors and 27 trained nurses. 



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Amid heathenism and spiritual destitution of which we in this 
favored land have no experience and scarcely any conception, our 
Church is now preaching, teaching, and living the Gospel through 
54 stations, 304 organized congregations, 1,696 outstations, 3,278 
trained native workers, 1,008 mission schools and Bible classes with 
42,220 students, 1,511 Sabbath Schools, with 61,850 pupils, 12 mission 
dispensaries and 23 hospitals, treating last year over 180,000 patients 
and through daily clinical practice reaching hundreds of thousands 
more with the Gospel. 

Statement of the Work In Each Mission Station 

Africa. In our African Mission last year the commercializing of 
our mission territory has gone steadily forward with its accustomed 
ill effects upon our mission work. Our churches are weakened by 
the removal of numbers of our Christians to highway and railway 
construction camps and their subjection there to the temptations 
due to more spending money than they have ever had, separation 
from their church homes, and the corrupting influence of worldly 
and often blatantly infidel white employers. 

While the forces of demoralization are coming in like a flood, 
testing the courage and capacity of missionaries and the character 
of native believers, yet it is a joy to know that our missionaries are 
meeting the test with fortitude and redoubled energy and that many 
of our native Christians in construction camps are not only holding 
their religious services but are actively engaged in the evangeliza- 
tion of their fellow-workmen in the camps. 

Our five main stations, are so situated as to give us a strategic 
grasp of our whole mission territory in the Congo and a means of 
eventually reaching, through outstation schools and preaching 
points manned by native teachers and evangelists, the 2,000,000 for 
whom our Church has assumed responsibility. The goal, though far 
off, is in sight. 

Brazil. The last year in Brazil saw our 52 missionaries labor- 
ing at 13 main stations and reaching some 174 regular preaching 
points. In all our three missions progressive programs of advance 
along all lines have been enthusiastically launched with aggressive 
committees in charge of them, and results are already in evidence. 
The evangelistic zeal of our missionaries is swiftly rising and con- 
versions are multiplying rapidly. 

In our mission schools there are more than a thousand young 
people. But this thousand would speedily become 2,000 if only we 
had room to accommodate the young people who are begging for a 
Christian education. Our Southern Presbyterian Church has no 
needier mission field than Brazil nor one readier to receive the 
Gospel. 

China. In China last year our 201 missionaries labored in the 
provinces of Kiangsu and Chekiang in a territory for which we are 
responsible containing a densely crowded population of some 18,000,- 
000. Among them we have 13 main stations, 13 hospitals, union 
work in five cities, 348 preaching points, 234 schools with nearly 
8,000 students, 158 Sunday Schools with 10,400 pupils, and a com- 
municant membership of 11,000. In this territory there are at least 
20,000 villages where Christ has not yet been preached. Despite 



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war and agitation more than 1,300 were added to the Church by pro- 
fession and baptism. 

Amid the multitudinous new currents of thought and feeling all 
over China, especially among the students, our schools have suc- 
ceeded wonderfully in maintaining their attendance and in holding 
their students true to the teachings and standards of Christ. 

Japan. The Presbyterian Church in Japan, whose distinctive 
name is "The Church of Christ in Japan" has fought its way up 
through the many critical and doctrinal problems of modern days 
and now stands out as the most conservative as well as the largest 
Christian body in Japan, numbering nearly 40,000 church members. 

Our main work in Japan has been evangelistic, carried on at 68 
out-stations. As soon as we nurse a little group of believers up to 
the point of self-support, it is tranferred tothe Japanese Presbyte- 
rian Church and no longer reported by us. Our missionary force is 
a pioneering body, breaking up new ground, planting churches, and 
then marching on to hitherto unbroken territory. This is our mis- 
sion and our glory. 

The call for such work is unspeakably great. Says one of our 
station reports, "The opportunities are so great I cannot measure 
them, while the need is so appalling I try not to think of it." But 
God is working with our missionaries. Writes one of them, "I 
have never known a time when the work was so encouraging and 
so fruit-bearing." 

Korea. In Korea our Church is responsible for a population of 
3,000,000 among whom we have 92 missionaries, 5 main stations, 5 
hospitals, III organized congregations, 500 other places of worship, 
and a communicant membership of over 10,000. There were added 
last year on confession of faith nearly 1,400 new members. 

In Korea as in Africa our missionaries are facing new and very 
difficult conditions. The old Korean seclusion is gone and the last 
few years have seen flooding into Korea, Bolshevism, Marxism, 
Tolstoism, Naturalism, Agnosticism, Atheism, and various other 
isms. Books teaching these things are entering the country by 
thousands. Young Korea, torn from the old anchorage, is being 
dashed hither and thither by waves of new thought. It is not a 
time for pessimism or fear but for earnest prayer, for vigorous 
evangelism, and for Christian education. 

In recent years the Koreans have been showing an enthusiasm 
for education unmatched in history. The number in our day schools 
and Bible schools together reaches the amazing total of 48,000. But 
the lamentable lack of physical equipment for our schools and 
their inability to reach the government standards and secure gov- 
ernment recognition, is driving great numbers of students that 
should be in our mission schools into the government schools whose 
atmosphere is atheistic. Thus the Korean Church is seeing her 
future and vitally necessary leaders drafted into the ranks of the 
enemies of Christ. 

It is in the educational field that the Korean Church is facing its 
crisis. Shall the future leaders of Korea be Christlike men and 
women, the product of our Christian schools and colleges, or shall 



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they be worldly-hearted atheists, the product of the government 
schools? For two years the Korean Mission has been making an 
earnest appeal tothe home church for $120,000 with which to provide 
two recognized schools, meeting government requirements, one for 
boys and one for girls, but it has asked in vain. 

Mexico. Until a few years ago when Mexico was redistricted 
among the denominations, our Church was at work in Northern 
Mexico. The fruit of that work is a Presbytery of Mexican 
churches, self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating. 

Moving in 1920 from Northern to Southern Mexico and as- 
suming responsibility for two and a quarter millions of people in 
the territory adjoining that taken by our Northern Presbyterian 
brethren, we have there today 27 missionaries in 6 main stations, i 
hospital, 22 day schools with over 800 students, 46 Sunday Schools 
with over 1,900 pupils, and a communicant membership of 2,300. In 
the last five years converts have doubled, the ordained native work- 
ers have increased five-fold, and the native contributions ten-fold. 

The year's evangelistic work reached many large sections for 
the first time. But so vast is the unreached territory, and so small 
comparatively our force, that our stations cannot answer one-half 
the calls for help that come to them. A great door and effectual 
God has opened to us in Mexico. Let us press in. 

Along this far-flung battle front, our faithful missionaries have 
been pushing forward the Kingdom. Their tireless industry, their 
Christlike love of the unlovely, their joy in self-forgetful service, 
should be an example to us all, and challenge our unstinted support. 

Financial Statement 

Cost forthe year's work $1,279,964 

Receipts from living donors $1,277,883 

Receipts from legacies, etc. 20,633 

$1,248,516 

Deficit for year $ 31,448 

Deficit for year ending March 31, 1925 240,249 

Deficit on March 31, 1926 $ 271,697 

In view of this increased deficit the Secretaries and Treasurers 
are making a fresh analysis of every department of the work, be- 
ginning with the home administration, with a view to securing 
maximum efficiency at the least possible cost. 

We recommend : 

I. That churches, societies, and individuals assume definite 
responsibility for definite parts of the Foreign Mission work, thus 
establishing living contact with the foreign field through regular 
quarterly letters received therefrom, it being understood of course 
that contributions so applied shall be credited on the Church's For- 
eign Mission apportionment. 

2. That Church Schools of Missions studying foreign missions 
be organized in every church in this Presbytery during the month 



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of January in accordance with this new plan of fostering mission 
study promoted by the Educational Department of the Foreign Mis- 
sion Committee, and that they use the textbook on Brazil now be- 
ing prepared, and the others recommended for these Schools of 
Missions this year. 

3. That all young People's Societies of this Presbytery be en- 
couraged to secure from the Educational Deportment the special 
missionary programs already prepared as they are called for in the 
regular Young People's Society topic schedules. 

That during this year all Sunday Schools be urged to study in- 
tensively the work of our Korea Mission as called for by the For- 
eign^ Mission Committee, and that they apply all their gifts to the 
$60,000 being raised this year by our Sunday Schools for Korea, it 
being understood, of course, that all of such offerings shall be 
credited tothe church as part of its foreign mission apportionment, 
and not as an additional offering. 

5. That our Young People's Societies be urged to apply all their 
foreign mission offerings to those special missionaries assigned by 
the General Assembly to the Southern Presbyterian Young People's 
Societies, it being understood that all such offerings shall be credited 
to the church as part of its foreign mission apportionment and not 
as an additional offering. 

6. That whenever practical, ministers invite furloughed mis- 
sionaries into their pulpits so that the foreign mission enterprise of 
our Church may be personalized to our people through acquaint- 
ance with these missionaries, remembering that such missionary 
visits may be arranged through the Educational Department. 

7. That ministers in all churches in this Presbytery be asked to 
acquaint their congregations with more of the facts of our Foreign 
Mission work, making sure that their members are correctly in- 
formed as to the missionary enterprise, freely applying to the 
Executive Committee of Foreign Missions for detailed statements, 
information, and help when needed. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. F. LIGON, Chairman. 

The pastoral relation between Rev. J. J. Douglass and 
the Wadesboro and Morven churches was dissolved and he 
was granted a letter of dismission to Holston Presbytery. 

Rev. G. F. Bell, D.D., submitted the report on Religious 
Education which was adopted : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 

Your Committee on Religious Education respectfully report that 
Sunday School reports from 'J2i churches have come into our hands. 
A study of these reports is full of interest. Six of our churches re- 
port more than one school. The Second Church, with three schools, 
an enrollment of i,355, and total gifts of $3,774.00, is the largest. 
Next comes Caldwell Memorial, with two schools, a large Cradle 
Roll and Home Department, and an enrollment of 963, more than 



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two hundred more than the church enrollment. Steele Creek is 
third, with three schools and an enrollment of 726. The First 
Church is fourth, with an enrollment of 607, but ranks second in 
total gifts. And so on down the line to Wadeville, the sm,alles!t, 
with an enrollment of 16. Some of the reports are incomplete in 
vital particulars, such as the number of officers and teachers, or the 
number of pupils admitted tothe Communion duringthe year. Only 
2.Z schools report Cradle Rolls, and 11 Home Departments. We 
should like to see a much larger use of these useful adjuncts and 
feeders to the main Sunday School. Only five report a teacher 
training class ; only three a missionary department, which is simply 
a missionary committee charged with developing missionary educa- 
tion and interest in the school; only 12 a workers' conference reg- 
ularly held. Without this latter a progressive Sunday School is 
almost impossible. Only 25 report gifts to foreign missions, and 
with the exception of the Orphans' Home the other causes are as 
poorly represented. Are we not missing a great opportunity to im- 
plant the missionary idea and impulse in the Church of the future? 
Aside from the four largest already mentioned several seem worthy 
of special commendation : Siler, a small country church, and four 
others for their teacher training classes ; Seversville and Thomas- 
boro for their good all-round organizations ; Hamlet for its splendid 
Cradle Roll of 131 members ; Hopewell for its Cradle Roll and 
relatively large total enrollment; Mt. Gilead, Badin, Pegram Street, 
Philadelphia, Tenth Avenue, Waxhaw, and West Avenue for having 
both a Cradle Roll and a Home Department; Mallard Creek, West- 
minister and several already mentioned for gifts to practically all of 
the causes. 

We recommend : 

1. The larger use of the Cradle Roll, Home Department, Work- 
ers' Conference, and Missionary Committee. 

2. A more thorough education concerning and support of our 
own Church's Gospel agencies and less relative emphasis on outside 
miscellaneous Benevolences. 

3. The establishment of outpost mission schools wherever there 
is opportunity. 

4. The general observance of Rally Day in October and a liberal 
offering for Sunday School Extension and Publication. 

5. That no program, however worthy, be permitted to inter- 
fere with the regular schedule of Bible lessons. 

6. The widespread and earnest development of Leadership 
Training through : 

I. Training Classes both for young people and present work- 
ers in the local churches. 

2. One or more Standard Training Schools within our bounds 
annually. 

3. One Unit Training Schools for groups of churches wherever 
possible. 

7. The organization of Vacation Church Schools as a proven 
and effective means of religious education. 



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8. The encouragement of Week-day Religious Education in co- 
operation with our public schools. 

9. The development of Young People's Organizations through 
hearty co-operation with Rev. Walter Getty, Superintendent, and 
the program, calendar of activities, Y. P. paper, and special de- 
nominational programs issued under his direction. 

ID. That Revs. M. E. Peabody, W. B. S. Chandler, W. S. Ham- 
iter, and S. B. Lyerly ; and Messrs. W. E. Price, W. M. Wilcox, R. 
H. Lafferty, M.D., and H. J. Spencer be added to this committee and 
that, in co-operation with our denominational authorities, responsi- 
bility for various phases of the work be distributed as follows, the 
first named to act as chairman in each case. 

General Chairman, G. F. Bell. 

1. Children's Division, W. M. Wilcox, W. E. Price, and Rev. 
M. E. Peabody. 

2. Y. P. Division, Rev. W. B. S. Chandler, Rev. J. G. Garth, 
Rev. W. W. Moore, and F. H. Bierman. 

3. Leadership Training, Rev. W. S. Hamiter, Rev. S. B. Lyerly, 
and H. J. Spencer. 

4. S. S. Extension, Rev. S. B. McLean, S. A. Ewart, G. M. 
Beaty and Dr. R. H. Lafferty. 

Statistical reports are appended herewith. See Appendix. 

G. F. BELL, Chairman. 

The report of the Judicial Committee subbmitted by Rev. 
W. R. Coppedge, D.D., was adopted : 

REPORT OF JUDICIAL COMMITTEE 

We recommend that the appeal of R. O. Alexander from the 
action of the session of the First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte 
be dismissed on the following grounds : 

1. Mr. Alexander did not comply with the requirements of the 
Book of Church Order, paragraph 277, first sentence. 

2. Paragraph 298, next to last sentence, makes the giving of a 
letter to a member on the retired roll to be at the discretion of the 
session. 

We recommend that Presbytery take no action on the overture 
referred to us by Rev. J. E. Latham, on the ground that the Gen- 
eral Assembly is competent to adjudicate the matter without our 
advice, and will be better informed on the merits of the case. 

Your committee excused Dr. Johnson from attending on its 
session while considering the appeal from the session of the church 
of which he is pastor. 

C. H. LITTLE, Chairman. 
W. R. COPPEDGE. 
M. W. WOODSIDE. 

The report of the Committee on Sessional Records was 
made and received : 



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REPORT ON SESSIONAL RECORDS 

I. Books approved without exception : 

Ramah, Banks, Morven, William's Memorial, St. Paul, Albe- 
marle, Thomasboro, Mallard Creek, Westminster, Huntersville, 
Hopewell, Badin, Troy, Star, Mulberry, Philadelphia, Central Steele 
Creek, Tenth Avenue, Waxhaw, Monroe, Providence, McGhee, West 
Avenue, Cook's Memorial, Charlotte First, Steele Creek, Caldwell 
Memorial, Pleasant Hill, 

n. Books approved with exception : 

1. Meetings not held quarterly: Bethel, Oakboro, Matthews, 
Lee Park, Alton, Cornelius, Beulah, Unionville, Siler (no meetings), 
Wadeville, Norman. 

2. Meetings not opened or closed with prayer : Bethel, Carmel, 
Sharon, Pineville, Walkersville, Charlotte Second (71 meetings), 
Hamlet. 

3. Minutes not read and approved: Wilmore, Lee Park, Rob- 
inson, Pee Dee, Norwood, Mt. Gilead, Seversville, Amity. 

4. Minutes not signed by clerk: Ellerbee Springs, Hamlet. 

5. No representative elected, or no report from representative : 
Lee Park, Rehoboth, Bethany. 

6. Book not before Presbytery: .Midland, Unionville. 

S. A. EWART, Chairman. 

The report of the Committee on General Assembly's 
Minutes was made by Rev. R. J. Mcllwain and adopted: 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON MINUTES OF GENERAL 
ASSEMBLY 

Your committee would report that they find nothing of special 
interest to report except the matter of the change in paragraph 151 
Book of Church Order proposed by the last General Assembly and 
docketed at Presbytery last fall at Thomasboro to spring meeting. 

We recommend that the change proposed be made. 

R. J. McILWAIN, Chairman. 

The report on Statistics was submitted by the Stated 
Clerk and the report was adopted with its summary. See 
Appendix. 

The report on Men's Organizations was made by Rev. 
L. R. Walker. See Appendix. 

Presbytery then took recess until 1 :30 p. m. 



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AFTERNOON SESSION 

The report on Women's Organizations was made by 
Rev. L. R. Walker and recommendations adopted : 

WOMAN'S WORK 

Your Committee on Woman's Work would offer the following 
recommendations : 

1. That by virtue of the fact that General Assembly has rec- 
ognized the Woman's Auxiliary as the channel through which the 
work of the women shall function, all ministers are urged to do all 
in their power to enroll and enlist their women in this organization. 

2. That all women's societies of Mecklenburg Presbytery be 
reported under the head of Woman's Auxiliary, that all reports 
from all women's organizations shall be forwarded to the Presby- 
terial Recording Secretary before April ist. 

3. That these shall be tabulated by said Secretary and presented 
to Chairman of Women's Work at Presbytery. See Appendix. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LYNN R. WALKER. 

S. B. LYERLY. 

W. P. CHEDESTER. 

The report on Bills and Overtures v^as submitted by Rev. 
C. E. White. It was received and adopted : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON BILLS AND OVERTURES 

Your committee has received and carefully considered several 
overtures and respectfully submit the following report. 

1. An overture to Synod in regard to the Stewardship office. 
We endorse it and suggest it be sent up to Synod. 

2. An overture to the General Assembly relating to the teach- 
ing of the catechisms and revising the Child's Catechism. Your 
committee would recommend the first part of overture be sent to 
the Assembly but do not endorse the latter part or the revising of 
Child's Catechism. 

3. Another overture tothe Assembly concerning a deliverance 
by the Assembly tothe Synod and Presbyteries. We recommend 
it be sent up. 

4. In reference to the overture of the American minute men, 
your committee would recommend that this question be answered 
in the negative, inasmuch as it is the fixed policy of our Church not 
to interfere in civil affairs. 

Overtures were adopted as follows : 

Overture i. Mecklenburg Presbytery respectfully overtures the 
General Assembly meeting in Pensacola, Fla., in May, 1926, to urge 
the Executive Committee of Publication and Sabbath School Work 
to continue to emphasize and encourage the teaching of the cate- 



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chisms in every way, and particularly through all its field workers 
and trainers of teachers. 

Overture 2. Mecklenburg Presbytery respectfully overtures 
the General Assembly meeting in Pensacola, Fla., in May, 19^, to 
issue an earnest deliverance to all Synods and Presbyteries with 
reference to the maintenance of the Assembly's full quota for Benev- 
olences, that the present serious crisis in the treasuries of Benev- 
olences may be met, and that a unified partnership of all the Synods 
in and through the Assembly may be maintained. 

Overture 3. Believing that the expenses of Synod's Stewardship 
office should be kept at an economical minimum commensurate with 
efficiency and that the payment of $100.00 per annum to Presbyterial 
chairmen of Stewardship is unnecessary in view of the heavier 
work done by many brethren without remuneration ; believing that 
the present plan of financing the office is inequitable in that it 
places the bulk of the burden upon the individual churches where 
it does not belong and in that about half of the churches, including 
many of the larger and abler, refuse to pay their assessment; and 
believing further thatthe levying of an assessment on the individual 
churches by Synod is of doubtful constitutionality and of still more 
doubtful wisdom and propriety; Mecklenburg Presbytery respect- 
fully overtures the Synod of North Carolina meeting at Statesville 
in the fall of 1926, as follows : 

1. To stop the payment of $100.00 each to the Presbyterial 
chairmen of Stewardship. 

2. After setting the appropriation for the expenses of Synod's 
Stewardship office at a strict minimum consistent with efficiency, to 
divide this sum as nearly as possible into three equal parts ; then to 
ask the Assembly's Stewardship Committee to provide one part; to 
ask the various beneficiary Synodical and Presbyterial committees 
to provide one part on a pro rata basis ; and to prorate the third 
part to the nine Presbyteries to be provided for by them through 
the regular Presbyterial tax or in such way as they severally' may 
see fit. 

C. E. WHITE, Chairman. 

J. W. GRIER. 

R. J. McILWAIN. 

The report on Calls and Supplies was made by Rev. W. 
P. Chedester and was adopted : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CALLS AND SUPPLIES 

Your Committee on Calls and Supplies begs to submit the fol- 
lowing recommendations : 

1. That the call of the Pegram Street Church for the pastoral 
services of Rev. I. E. Wallace at a salary of $1,840 per year, payable 
monthly, be found in order and that it be placed in his hands. 

2. That the following requests be granted : 

(i) Of Newell Church for the continuation of the services of 
Rev. M. E. Peabody as stated supply until the next regular meeting 
of Presbytery. 



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(2) Of Williams Memorial Church for the services of Dr. A. R. 
Shaw as stated supply for the next six months. 

(3) Of Mallard Creek Church for the services as supply of Dr. 
W. H. Frazer until the fall meeting of Presbytery. 

3. That the following requests for the privilege of changing 
terms of calls be granted : 

(i) Rehoboth forthe services of Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt at $165 
per year instead of $150. 

(2) Alton forthe services of Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt at $235 per 
annum instead of $200. 

(4) Walkersville for the services of Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt at $450 
instead of $400 per year. 

4. That the Presbytery commend those churches for their in- 
creasing liberality and congratulate them upon their evidence of 
growth and development. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. F. LIGON. 

N. C. WHITE. 

W. T. SMITH. 

WM. P. CHEDESTER. 

The report on Christian Education and Ministerial Relief 
was submitted by Rev. J. W. Grier and adopted : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 
MINISTERIAL RELIEF 

We recommend : 

1. That in accordance with his request, that candidate J. Lee 
Williamson be transferred to Wilmington Presbytery. 

2. That Presbytery request the following appropriations of 
the Assembly's Committee of Christian Education and Ministerial 
Relief : 

Mrs. Emma Tate Hardin $600.00 

Rev. L. H. Query , *6oo.oo 

Rev. A. H. Temple 300.00 

Mrs, Mary Louis Arrowood 300.00 

Mrs. Allie W. Cochran 600.00 

Mrs. Rhoda Jamison Daniels Maximum 

J. W. GRIER, Chairman. 

Rev. S. A. Ewart resigned as Chairman of the Commit- 
tee on Sessional Records and his resignation was accepted. 

Rev. R. S. Burwell resigned as Chairman of the Orphans* 
Home and his resignation was accepted. 



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Rev. A. H. Atkins submitted the completed report on 
Leave of Absence and the report v^as adopted. See Ap- 
pendix. 

The call for the pastoral services of Rev. I. E. Wallace by 
Pegram Street Church having been found in order, the call 
v^as placed in his hands. He accepted the call and the fol- 
lov^ing commission vv^as appointed to install him. 

Commission to install Rev. I. E. Wallace pastor of Pegram Street 
Church : Rev. A. A. Walker to preside and propound the questions; 
Dr. W. H. Frazer to preach the sermon ; Rev. J. M. Walker to 
charge the pastor;' Elder W. E. Price to charge the people. Time, 
8 p. m. May 2, 1926. 



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114TH STATED OR FALL MEETING 

Banks Church was selected as the place for the fall meet- 
ing of Presbytery; time to be decided at an adjourned meet- 
ing. 

The following committee on Arrangements was chosen 
consisting of Rev. W. S. Hamiter, ruling elder O. W. Potts 
and the Stated Clerk . 

The Moderator appointed Rev. A. H. Atkins, D.D., to 
preach the Presbyterial sermon at the fall meeting, subject, 
"Repentance," Acts 2 :38. 

The report of the Nominating Committee was submitted 
by the Stated Clerk and the nominations adopted as a whole. 
See revised list on Covers. 

A memorial to Rev. H. M. Pressly was read by Rev. J. 
W. Stork and was adopted by a rising vote : 



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MEMORIAL OF REV. H. M. PRESSLY 

Harvey Mason Pressly was born in Raldoph County, Illinois, 
September 19, 1845. His mother was Nancy Huey, of Kentucky, 
whose family went originally from the Carolinas. 

He was the eldest son of a large family. 

He attended public school, and later a private school, and also 
taught a few terms of rural school, before going to college. His 
collegiate course was interrupted by the death of his father, when 
he had to assume home responsibilities. However, he was able after 
a while to continue his course, and graduated from Monmouth Col- 
lege, at Monmouth, Illinois, in the class of 1876. (He had made his 
plans to attend the semi-centennial reunion of his class in June.) 

Just when he first felt the call to enter the ministry we do not 
know, but he has said that for a time he resisted the call, and tried 
to enter some other line of work; but could not do so. 

During this period of indecision, and before he finished college, 
he had experience in various kinds of work. He taught school, both 
private and public, worked on a neighbor's farm, "followed the har- 
vest" northward through Illinois and Iowa for at least one season, 
worked with a carpenter in Iowa, was with a railroad construction 
gang for a while, was a traveling salesman in Southern Illinois, 
Kentucky, and Missouri, and, of course, worked on his father's 
farm. This experience gave him a wonderful understanding of 
human nature, which was of great value to him in the ministry. 

After graduating from college, he taught in high school for a 
year, and then attended the United Presbyterian Seminary at Xenia, 
Ohio. 

He was licensed to preach April 23, 1877, by the U. P. Presbytery 
of Southern Illinois, at a meeting held in St. Louis, and supplied a 
church in St. Louis during the following summer. He was or- 
dained by the same Presbytery at Oakdale, Illinois, August 6, 1878. 

His family originally belonged tothe A. R. P. Church, but when 
he was a small boy the church to which they belonged united with 
the United Presbyterian Church, in which he grew up and received 
his education. In later years, when he went to Minnesota, there be- 
ing no church in the section where he wished to work, he went into 
the Presbyterian Church in the U. S. A., and worked in it. On 
coming to North Carolina, he cast in his lot with the Presbyterian 
Church in^ the U. S. He often said, "I have been four kinds of a 
Presbyterian, but have never changed either my name or my reli- 
gion." 

In speaking of his work he said, "My work has been 'Home 
Missions.' I planned to be an evangelist, but the Lord shut me out 
of that field, so I have tried to be a 'constructive evangelist,' — i. e., 
begin in a neglected field or run-down church, and work it up for 
three or four years, then leave it and repeat the process elsewhere. 
I have served twenty churches in 10 states. The Lord blessed me 
with health and strength, and I have enjoyed His work as He has 
used me to tell the Old, Old Story to some who have never heard, 
and to help others into greater light and more abundant life through 
the Gospel. 



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"My varied experiences have confirmed my faith in God and 
His Word and convinced me more and more that 'Jesus only' can 
supply the needs of lost and longing humanity." 

Mr. Pressly was married August 29, 1878, to Katharine Hood, 
who was born at Chester, South Carolina, but whose family had 
moved to Illinois and lived in another settlement of South Carolina 
people, not many miles from the Pressly home. She was never 
strong, but was devoted to her family and to her church work; and 
her unobtrusive efforts, especially among the women and young peo- 
ple of the churches he served, were a wonderful help. Mrs. Pressly 
died in 1919. Mr. Pressly had yet several years of service. These 
he completed, and on Sunday morning, March 19, 1926, he laid down 
his work well done, and went home to her and to his Lord. They 
leave to their one child. Miss Mary P. Pressly, of Charlotte, the 
priceless heritage of a godly parentage. 

How little this sketch has told, and yet how much; at least 
enough to indicate that there was a life well lived for his Lord. Mr. 
Pressly was a pioneer, a frontiersman, in the days when the great 
West was being won ; and his life was devoted to its winning for 
Christ. Surely there were times when that life was threatened. 
That did not deter him. There were long days of driving alone, to 
lie down under the quiet stars, while the wolves howled in the 
shadows yonder. There were evenings when the missionary would 
come home with his black horse white with his his own frozen 
breath. Yes, these were hard days. But oh, the joy of them too! 
And the patriarch's eyes would fire as he would tell us of this Irish 
boy of his, or that German boy, now standing in his place in the 
great settled West telling the unsearchable riches of grace in Christ 
Jesus. 

How different such scenes from, those of more recent years. 
Less strenuous the later years, but busy always. He loved to see 
things grow. And he made them grow, whether flowers or garden, 
or churches or souls. When a few months ago he reached his 
eightieth birthday, and letters came flooding in from all over the 
land, he cherished most those that said, "You did me good," "You 
brought me to Christ." After his going one friend was saying. Oh, 
how many of us shall remember those little lemon drops he always 
carried." Another said, "The little children would run out to meet 
him on the street." A younger minister said, "I shall miss my 
counselor and friend." Indeed he was the friend of everyone. No 
wonder every one called him "Brother Pressly." 

We loved the man. We loved his genial manner. We loved the 
merry twinkle in his eye. We loved the ready wit that often struck 
but never hurt. We loved the Lord Whom we saw in him. And 
looking back over a long and busy life we can say with all sin- 
cerity, 

FOUR SCORE YEARS WELL LIVED, AND THEIR AFTER- 
GLOW REMAINS A BENEDICTION. 

W. B. McILWAINE, JR. 
G. C. HUNTINGTON. 
A. R. SHAW, Committee. 



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An adjourned meeting was fixed for May 10th at 2:00 
p. m., in the First Church, of Charlotte. 

The Standing Committee on Home Missions reported, 
and the report was adopted as follows : 

Your Committee on Home Missions respectfully report that we 
have reviewed the report of your Executive Committee and recom- 
mend : 

1. That the report be approved and the committee cordially 
commended for their faithful and efficient service. 

2. That Presbytery especially appreciates the work of the 
committee in keeping their expenses in the bounds of their re- 
ceipts. 

3. That we urge our churches to contribute their full quotas to 
this most worthy cause. 

4. That the committee be reelected. 

5. That the recommendations be adopted. See Appendix. 

T. F. HUNEYCUTT, Chairman. 

The report on Synod's Minutes was read by Rev. Theo. 
F. Huneycutt and approved. 

We the Committee on Minutes of Synod beg to report that we 
have examined the Minutes of the 1925 Session, and find nothing of 
interest to emphasize. 

THEO. F. HUNEYCUTT, Chairman. 

S. A. EWART. 

J. W. PHARR. 

The report of the Trustees of Presbytery was docketed 
for consideration at the adjourned meeting in May. 

The resolution of thanks to Sugaw Creek Church for its 
hospitality was received and approved : 

As the members of Mecklenburg Presbytery sincerely appreciate 
the many kindnesses extended them by the people of Sugaw Creek 
Church, be it resolved: 

1. That the Presbytery does hereby express its heartfelt 
thanks to the pastor and people of this church, who have made our 
sojourns here so pleasant. 

2. That this paper be read from the pulpit of this church on 
next Sunday morning. 

The minutes were read and approved and Presbytery ad- 
journed withthe singing of a hymn and prayer. 



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CALLED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in called session in Char- 
lotte First Church, Monday, January 18, 1926 at 2:00 p. m. 
Rev. H. M. Pressly moderated the meeting and Rev. H. E. 
Gurney made opening prayer. 

The following were present : H. M. Pressly, J. G. Garth, 
A. S. Johnson, H. E. Gurney, R. P. Walker, S. B. McLean, 
W. B. S. Chandler, A. A. Walker, S. A. Ewart, L. W. Brown, 
J. M. Walker, J. A. McQueen and C. C. Anderson. 

Churches : Rockingham — J. L. Hawley. 

The following call was found in order : 

Charlotte, N. C, January 8, 1925. 

Constitutional requirements having been met, Presbytery of 
Mecklenburg is called to meet in Charlotte First Church, Monday, 
January 18, 1926, 2 p. m. to take action on the following matters : 

First, the request of Rev. J. A. McQueen to dissolve the pas- 
toral relations between himself and the Rockingham Presbyterian 
Church. 

Second, consideration of any matters connected with the above 
dissolution. 

C E. WHITE, Moderator* 

C. C ANDERSON, Stated Clerk. 

Rev. J. A. McQueen offered his resignation as pastor of 
Rockingham Church and asked that the pastoral relations be 
dissolved. The elder of the Rockingham church, J. L. 
Hawley, reported that the church concurred in the request. 

The pastoral relations between Rockingham Church and 
Rev. J. A. McQueen were dissolved to take effect at once. 

Rev. J. A. McQueen was given permission to labor with- 
out bounds of the Presbytery till spring meeting. 

Rev. A. A. Walker was appointed as Moderator of the 
Rockingham session. 

Minutes were read and approved. 

Rev. W. B. S. Chandler made closing prayer. 

H. M. PRESSLY, Moderator. 
Attest : 

C. C. Anderson, Stated Clerk. 



32 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

ADJOURNED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session at the 
Charlotte First Church, Monday, February 1, 1926, at 2 p. m. 
and was called to order by Rev. William Black, D.D., last 
Moderator present and was constituted with prayer by Rev. 
S. B. McLean. 

The following were found present : 

Ministers : W. H. Frazer, J. W. Stork, R. W. Culbertson, 
C. C. Anderson, W. R. Coppedge, Q. N. Honeycutt, Wm. 
Black, S. B. McLean, J. W. Grier, A. A. Walker, C G. Long, 

A. S. Johnston, J. M. Walker, H. E. Gurney, L. W. Brown, 
H. M. Pressly, W. C Underwood, G. C. Huntington, J. G. 
Garth, W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., R. P. Walker, A. R. Shaw, 

B. B. Shankel, L. H. Query, W. S. Hamiter, R. J. Mcllwain, 
I. E. Wallace, W. B. S. Chandler, J. F. Ligon. 

Elders: Dr. C M. Lentz, Albemarle First; F. S. Neal, 
Sugaw Creek ; W. C. Barnett, Pineville. 

Rev. W. R. Coppedge offered his resignation as pastor of 
Mark's Creek Church, the church having concurred by writ- 
ten resolution which was approved. The pastoral relation 
was dissolved and after expressions of appreciation con- 
cerning Brother Coppedge, the Presbytery was led in prayer 
thanking God for his long and useful ministry. 

Two resolutions from the Rockingham Church were in- 
troduced heartily commending Rev. J. A. McQueen which 
the representative of the church failed to bring with him at 
the called meeting. The resolutions were received as in- 
formation. 

The rules were suspended and it was ordered that when 
Presbytery adjourn it should adjourn to meet Monday, 
March 1st, at 2 p. m., at the Charlotte First Church. 

Candidate Dwight M. Chalmers at his own request was 
granted a letter of transfer to Orange Presbytery. 

The commission to install Rev. Lynn R. Walker, D.D., at 
Hamlet reported that duty performed November 15, 1925. 

The commission to organize a church at Paradise School 
reported the church organized September 27, 1925, with R. 
J. Stutz and Marshall Rhine, elders, and Geo. Mills and J. D. 
McLean, deacons. The church was named McLean Memo- 
rial. 



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The commission to organize a church at Gibson Mill 
School reported the church organized September 27, 1925 
with J. C. Morgan and J. C. Watson elders, and J. E. Lovin, 
A. C. Gibson and James McDuffie, deacons. The church was 
named Rourk Chapel. 

Rev. W. M. Hunter of Concord Presbytery was intro- 
duced, invited to sit as a visiting brother and extended the 
privileges of the floor. 

The minutes were read and approved. Rev. A. R. Shaw 
led the closing prayer. 

WM. BLACK, Moderator. 

J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 

Attest : C. C. ANDERSON, Stated Clerk. 



34 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

ADJOURNED MEETING 

Charlotte, N. C, March 1, 1926. 

Pursuant to adjournment the Presbytery of Mecklen- 
burg met in Charlotte First Church, Monday, March 1, 1926, 
at 2 p. m. Rev. H. E. Gurney, D.D., last Moderator present 
presided. Presbytery was constituted with prayer by Rev. 
W. S. Hamiter. 

The following were present : 

Ministers : C. C. Anderson, G. C. Huntington, S. A. 
Ewart, W. S. Hamiter, J. W. Stork, W. R. Coppedge, A. A. 
Walker, S. B. McLean, W. B. S. Chandler, R. P. Walker, 
A. R. Shaw, S. B. Lyerly, H. E. Gurney, J. R. 
Bridges, C. G. Long, L. W. Brown, W. C. Underwood, J. W. 
Grier, J. M. Walker, C. H. Little, L E. Wallace, R. W. Cul- 
bertson, W. H. Frazer, J. G. Garth, B. B. Shankel, Q. N. 
Honeycutt, T. F. Honeycutt. 

Elders: O. W. Potts, Banks; J. A. Mclntyre, Ellerbe ; 
Dr. C. M. Lentz, Albermarle ; W. E. Price, Caldwell Memo- 
rial ; M. L. Campbell, West Avenue; C. B. Cross, Robinson; 
W. R. Long, Sugaw Creek ; R. H. Lafferty, Charlotte 
Second. 

Rev. C. C. Anderson offered his resignation as pastor of 
West Avenue Church and asked for the dissolution of pas- 
toral relations. The church concurred through its repre- 
sentative and introduced resolutions of appreciation. 

The Presbytery by a rising vote expressed its apprecia- 
tion of Brother Anderson's faithful work at West Avenue 
and as Stated Clerk. 

The pastoral relation was dissolved to take effect April 
1, 1926, and at his request Mr. Anderson was granted per- 
mission to labor outside the bounds of Presbytery until the 
fall meeting. 

The resignation of Rev. C. C. Anderson as Stated Clerk 
and Treasurer was accepted, effective April 1, 1926. 

Ruling Elder W. E. Price, Treasurer of Presbytery was 
directed to receive and hold the records and funds of the 
Presbytery until the spring meeting. 



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Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., was elected chairman of Per- 
manent Committee on Men's and Women's Societies. 

The call ofthe Albemarle First Church for the pastoral 
services of Rev. C. G. Long at $2,500 and the manse v^as 
read, found in order and placed in Mr. Long's hands. Mr. 
Long accepted the call. 

The following report was adopted : 

As Treasurer of your Presbyterial Tax Fund I submit the fol- 
lowing report : 

Received from W. E. Price, Treasurer $ 81.47 

Received from Churches 5»359-8i 

15,441.28 
Disbursed as per checks enclosed $5,071.88 

Balance in Bank $ 36940 

According to Mr. Jamison, your auditor, my books are correct. 

C. C. ANDERSON, Treasurer. 

Rev. W. H. Johnston, of Pee Dee Presbytery and Licien- 
tiate J. C. McGehee of Congaree Presbytery were intro- 
duced to Presbytery. Mr. McGehee was received as a 
licentiate from Congaree Presbytery. 

Rev. W. H. Johnston presented letter of dismission from 
Pee Dee Presbytery and after the usual examination which 
was sustained as satisfactory was enrolled as a member of 
the Presbyterial after he had signed the obligation. 

Calls from churches, Robinson at $750 a year and Allen at 
$100 a year for Licentiate J. C. McGehee were read and 
found in order and placed in his hands. 

Mr. McGehee signified acceptance of the calls and Pres- 
bytery examined him with a view to ordination. After be- 
ing satisfied with the examinations and the certificates 
from institutions of learning a commission was appointed to 
hear his sermon and ordain and install him over Robinson 
and Allen Churches on April 4, 1926. The following were 
named a commission to ordain and install Mr. McGehee, 
Revs. A. A. Walker, W. T. Smith, T. F. Honeycutt and Elder 
W. E. Price ; Rev. S. B. McLean and Elder R. H. LaiTerty, 
alternates. 

The following were appointed to install Rev. C. G. Long 
as pastor over Albermarle First Church on March 28, 1926 : 



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Revs. W. H. Frazer, J. M. Walker, J. W. Stork and Elder 
Colson, of Norwood. 

Calls from EUerbe at $350.00 a year and manse, Mt. Car- 
mel at $300.00 a year and Norman at $200.00 a year for the 
pastoral services of Rev. W. H. Johnston were found in or- 
der and placed in Mr. Johnston's hands. He accepted calls 
but desired to wait till spring meeting of Presbytery to ar- 
range for installation. 

The reading of the minutes were deferred till stated 
spring meeting. Rev. W. H. Frazer made closing prayer. 

H. E. GURNEY, Moderator. 

J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 

Attest : C. C. ANDERSON, Stated Clerk. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 37 



ADJOURNED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session on 
Monday, May 10, at 2 p. m., in the First Church, Charlotte, 
N. C, and was opened with prayer by Rev. W. H. Johnston. 
Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D., the Moderator presided. Rev. 
S. B. McLean was appointed Temporay Clerk. 

The following were present : 

Ministers: Q. N. Huneycutt, Moderator; J. G. Garth, 
Stated Clerk; S. B. McLean, T. F. Huneycutt, G. F. Bell, 
H. H. Cassidy, L. W. Brown, C. H. Little, G. C. Huntington, 
C. E. White, A. A. Walker, S. A. Ewart, J. R. Bridges, J. W. 
Grier, W. H. Johnston, W. W. Moore, R. J. Mcllwain, M. E. 
Peabody, C. C. Anderson, B. B. Shankel, Ruling Elders W. 
H. Belk (Monroe), W. E. Price (Caldwell Memorial) J. W. 
Pharr (Second Church, Charlotte), J. A. Mclntyre (Eller- 
be), W. J. Knox (Bethel), W. A. Jamison (West Avenue), 
J. N. Lee (Philadelphia), R. A. Robinson (Seversville), Rev. 
R. C. Clontz, of Wilmington Presbytery and Rev. J. M. 
Elder of Roanoke Presbytery were invited to sit as visiting 
brethren. 

Mr. James C. Wool, a candidate for the ministry under 
our care, in Union Seminary, was granted a letter of trans- 
fer to Lexington Presbytery. 

The commission appointed to install Rev. L E. Wallace 
pastor of Pegram Street Church reported as follows : 

Your commission appointed to install Rev. I. E. Wallace pastor 
of Pegram Street Church met at 8 p. m., Sunday, May 2nd, at' the 
church, all the members of the commission being present as follows : 
Revs. W. H. Frazer, D.D., J. M. Walker, and A. A. Walker and 
ruling elder, W. E. Price. Rev. A. A. Walker presided as chairman 
of the commission. After a service of song, conducted by") the pas- 
tor-elect, and a prayer. Dr. Frazer preached the sermon. Rev. A. 
A. Walker propounded the constitutional questions, and Mr. Wal- 
lace was declared pastor of the church. Rev. J. M. Walker then 
delivered a charge to the pastor and ruling elder W. E. Price de- 
livered a charge to the congregation. After prayer, the services 
were concluded by the benediction, pronounced by the new pastor. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. A. WALKERi 

The time for the Fall Meeting of Presbytery at Banks 
Church was fixed at 10 a. m., October 26, 1926, or two weeks 
after Synod which meets at Statesville, October 12, 1926. 



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The Stated Clerk and Treasurer announced that he had 
sent $1,218.40 to the Stated Clerk of the Assembly, Rev. J. 
D. Leslie, D.D., as the dues of Mecklenburg Presbytery for 
this General Assembly, which left a balance in the treasury 
of $1,337.10. 

A committee was appointed to investigate the advisabil- 
ity of binding- and preserving as historical records the col- 
lection of the Minutes of Presbytery. The Stated Clerk, 
Rev. J. G. Garth, chairman, Rev, A. A. Walker and Ruling 
Elder W. E. Price were appointed on this committee. 

Rev. G. F. Bell, D.D., chairman of the Committee of Reli- 
gious Education announced that at the request of his com- 
mittee two young ladies attending the Assembly's Training 
School at Richmond, Va., had been secured to foster and 
conduct Vacation Bible School in the bounds of Presbytery 
during a part of this summer, part of whose expenses would 
be borne by the Assembly's Committee of Religious Educa- 
tion. Dr. Bell requested that Presbytery underwrite $200 of 
the expense of the school from the Presbyterial Tax Fund, 
it being understood that Presbytery's Home Mission Com- 
mittee had agreed to subscribe the same amount. The re- 
quest was granted, provided that an effort be made to secure 
a collection for the same purpose from the churches receiv- 
ing the benefits of the schools. 

The report of the Trustees of Presbytery was deferred 
to the next adjourned meeting, particularly with reference 
to the transfer of the property of Stanley Hall School. 

The Standing Rules of Presbytery were amended to pro- 
vide that at the opening service of each stated meeting of 
Presbytery a communion service should be conducted. 

After the approval of the minutes. Presbytery adjourned 
to meet in First Church, Charlotte, Monday, July 5, 1926, at 
2 p. m. 

Q. N. HUNEYCUTT, Moderator. 

S. B. McLEAN, Temporary Clerk. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 39 



APPENDIX 



REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE 

The following members of Presbytery were excused after a 
partial attendance on the sessions of Presbytery : M. E. Trotter, 
E. B. McWhirter, W. W. Moore, R. W. McConnell (alternate C L. 
Abernathy seated for Sugaw Creek), W. T. Smith, J. M. Morrow, 
S. B. Lyerly, J. W. Pharr, M. W. Woodside, W. B. Hutchinson, W. 
C Vile, W. S. Alexander, R. J. Mcllwaine, G. W. Stinson, A. S. 
Johnson, R. S. Burwell, B. B. Shankel, S. B. McLean, J. H. Smith, 
M. E. Sentelle, A. R. Shaw, D. S. Monteith, A. S. Anderson, J. B. 
Coffee, C. W. Somerville. 

SUMMARY OF STATISTICAL REPORT OF MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 

Yr. Ending Yr. Ending 

Mar. 31, 1925 Mar. 31, 1926 

Churches 92 92 

Elders 460 455 

Deacons 481 481 

Added on examination 850 694 

Added on certificate 896 789 

Resident communicants 13,561 13,048 

Non-resident communicants 1,669 1,614 

Whole number of communicants 15,230 15,755 

Baptisms, adults 301 255 

Baptisms, infants 291 302 

Total S. S. enrollment 13,281 13,685 

Benevolences 
Quota 

Foreign Missions $ 56,831 $ 64,048 $ 61,296 

Assembly's Home Missions 27,414 20,947 20,970 

Synod's Home Missions 12,800 10,844 13,263 

Presbytery's Home Missions 19,448 18,153 23,952 

Congregational Home Missions. __. 7,779 6,590 

Christian Ed. & Min. Relief 12,800 9,684 11,274 

S. S. Extension & Pub. 3,393 3,244 3,657 

Educational Institutions 16,919 21,507 25,082 

Bible Cause 1,017 821 984 

Orphans' Home 12,800 23,992 25,561 

Assembly's Training School 10,17 



Total Benevolences $169,759 $181,011 $192,619 



Current Expenses $196,734 $158,680 

Pastor's Salary 82,422 84,215 

Miscellaneous 28,081 27,152 



Total $306,837 $280,047 



Grand Total $487,848 $462,666 



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REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF HOME MISSIONS 

Your Executive Committee of Home Missions would respectfuUj 
submit the following report: 

The year just closed has been a good year from the Home Mission 
standpoint. The men on the field have been doing faithful work. While 
there has been not a little changing in the workers, still the churches have 
been able to secure new men without any long and hurtful delay. The 
new men coming into the Presbytery have shown a peculiar fitness for the 
work to which they have been called. With the beginning of the new 
Church year arrangements have been made whereby every church under 
the care of the Home Mission Committee will be supplied. While we 
rejoice in that situation it is well to remind the Presbytery that a situation 
like that calls for more money than we had contemplated when we were 
submitting our apportionments. 

Our Superintendent has done faithful and efficient work during the 
year. In the matter of re-grouping of churches he has enabled the Com- 
mittee to do more work and better work at less expense to the Committee. 
He has maintained a careful oversight of the work during the whole year, 
and has been of invaluable help to the Committee in directing the work 
committed to its care. 

Two new churches have been organized during the year, Rourks 
Chapel and McLean Memorial. These have been mission points connected 
with the Ellerbe group. We have a recommendation touching their 
grouping. 

We have a total of 43 churches now under the care of the Home 
Mission Committee, and 11 mission points. The statistical reports show 
that there have been received by these churches this year on profession 
of faith, 242, and by letter, 117, making a total of 359 from this source. 

The handsome new church at Ellerbe has been completed during the 
year. A beautiful church is being erected at Norman and is nearing 
completion at this time. It will not cost when complete much over $5,000, 
if any; but this is due to the fact that some of the men in the church have 
literally been giving their time to it, and have done the large part of the 
work free. If let out to contract it would more than likely have cost 
them double that amount. The Candor new church is now complete and 
they are to hold their first service in it April 25th. It is one of the most 
beautiful, if not the most beautiful church in the Home Mission field. 
It represents a cost of $16,000. The church is carrying a debt of $8,000 
on it. The church at Troy is halted for lack of funds. The committee 
promised, conditionally upon having the money in hand, that we would 
give them during the past year $2,000. This promise we are carrying 
over into the new year as the money was not available last year. These 
people are in sore need of help. Their present church building, besides 
being badly located, is in the last stages of decay, and is not worth 
repairing. Their new church will be ideally located and when complete 
should be a credit to the town and the Presbytery. 

The Pegram Street Church now being built on the Plaza will be 
complete this summer. It is in a growing section of the city and gives 
promise under its able and energetic leader to be one of the stronger 
churches in the city in the near future. They are looking to the churches 
of Charlotte to help them complete their building program. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 41 



Wilmore has secured a lot in a more favorable section of the city 
for their new church building. Biscoe is planning to build a new church 
this year to cost about $10,000. The church at Star is in need of a build- 
ing of their own in which to worship. 

The manse at Robinson will be completed just as soon as the money 
promised them by Synod is available. A new manse at Roberdel has 
been bought and is now occupied by the preacher and his family on that 
group. It is new and modern, costing about $2,300. The church at Marsh- 
ville is planning to build a new manse. The church does not now own a 
manse. The one they are renting is by no means suitable for the work. 
It is altogether too small. This is one of the real and pressing needs of 
the work. The Oakboro group sold their old manse last year, it being 
not at all adaptable for its use. They are now planning either to buy or 
build a new manse to cost about $2,000 or $2,500. When this is done their 
pastor. Rev. T. F. Huneycutt, who now lives some distance away in his 
own house, will move into it. 

The Committee is carefully investigating each one of these building 
projects, and is aiding them as far as the means in hand will justify. 
The real pity of the whole thing is that we have to turn deaf ears to so 
many of the appeals that come for needed help simply because the churches 
do not pay up in full their apportionment. The funds contributed are 
barely sufficient to pay the men on the field, leaving little or nothing for 
the building program. 

Total receipts from the churches for the past year amounted to 
$18,731.59, or $1,469.60 less than the same churches contributed last 
year to this cause. Total receipts from all sources, including balance of 
last year, amounted to $21,667.43. Total expenditures for the year were 
$19,553.85, or $648.39 more than the total receipts from all sources during 
the year, this leaving a balance on hand at the beginning of this year of 
$2,113.58, with all workers paid in full, and no outstanding obligations. 

But we hasten to say that this balance has already been practically 
obliterated. Of this amount $1,500 has been paid to the Baden Church, 
cancelling our obligation to them, and with this gift to them the church 
at once becomes self-supporting and off the hands of the Home Mission 
Committee. Then $200 has been paid the Norwood Church, the final 
payment of our promise to them on their new church. This leaves the 
Committee but little to begin the new year on, and as collections coming 
in in April are usually small, the Committee will be forced to begin 
borrowing from the banks right away to pay the men on the field. This 
would not have been necessary had we received this year as much as we 
received last year and had a right to expect. 

For the information of the Presbytery, and especially for the younger 
men coming into the Presbytery, we restate in part the policies of your 
Committee, which policies have already been approved by the Presbytery : 

1. It is the policy of the Committee to reduce all appropriations to 
the fields each year 10 per cent. This is done not that the men on the 
field may receive less salary, but that the churches served shall make up 
this difference to their pastors ; and that this may serve as a stimulus to 
the churches to become self-supporting, and at the same time it releases 
funds to be used in developing other fields. 



42 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



This is no iron-clad rule and circumstances in a given field may lead 
the Committee to hold in abeyance this action for a time. 

2. The Committee expects every pastor engaged in Home Mission 
work to live on the field he serves. 

3. The Committee will expect all applications for aid to build 
churches or manses to be made in writing. Such applications must show 
cost of building contemplated and the amount of money raised for the 
same. The Committee must formally pass on all applications before they 
can be presented by any one. 

4. Churches receiving aid from the Home Mission Committee are 
expected to pay in full their apportionment to Presbytery's Home 
Missions. 

Recommendations 

We offer the following recommendations : 

1. That Rev. A. A. Walker be re-elected Superintendent of Home 
Missions. 

2. That Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine be re-elected Evangelist of Union and 
Anson Counties. 

3. That Rourks Chapel and McLean Memorial be grouped with 
Ellerbe and Mt, Carmel and Newman as these were former mission 
points in this group. 

4. That Marston, formerly served by the pastor of the Rockingham 
Church, be added to the Ellerbe group. 

5. That Morgan Memorial be grouped with Oakboro, Locust, and 
Stanfield. 

6. That Marks Creek be grouped with Roberdel, Brainard, and 
Cameronian. 

7. That Presbytery grant the following supplies : Marks Creek, 
W. T. Smith; Rourks Chapel, McLean Memorial, and Marston, W. H. 
Johnston, and J. A. Mclntyre, layman assistant ; Oakboro, Locust, Stan- 
field, and Morgan Memorial, T. F. Huneycutt ; Pageland, Beulah, and 
Salem, W. P. Chedester ; Troy, Wadeville, and Star, J. Hector Smith; 
Midland, A. H. Atkins ; North Charlotte, W. C. Underwood. 

8. That the Presbytery instruct the Home Mission Committee in the 
future to secure in writing the endorsement of the churches concerned 
before presenting the names of supplies for Presbytery's approval. The 
purpose of the recommendation is two-fold : one, to create closer and 
stronger ties between the supply and the churches served, causing the 
churches to feel more responsibility for their supply, and the other, per 
chance, to hasten on the formation of pastoral relationship instead of the 
anomylous condition of stated supply existing in so many churches at 
present. 

9. That Presbytery instruct the Committee to decline to aid churches 
that are behind with their former pastor's salary to secure either a supply 
or pastor until the back salary has been paid. In making this recommenda- 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 43 



tion the Committee hopes thereby to correct, if possible, the all too com- 
mon practice in some of our Home Mission Churches of getting behind 
with their pastor's salary, and then making it so unpleasant for him that 
he has to leave. Your Committee is of the opinion that prompt payment 
of their salaries by the churches served to the men on the field would do 
as much, if not more, than anything else to make their ministry a success. 
That if the officers of the church would make a determined effort at this 
point they would render the greatest service possible to their pastor and 
churches, and we again call upon Presbytery to lay this important matter 
before them. 

10. That we express our appreciation of the loyal and enthusiastic 
support we have received from many pastors, churches, church organiza- 
tions and individuals during the year. 

11. That in view of the pressing needs of the work, and the great 
importance of Presbytery's Home Missions as the foundation work in 
building up the Kingdom here at home, and in view of the large returns 
from funds invested in this work, each church be urged to pay in full its 
quota to this cause, namely, 15 per cent of the total benevolent budget. 

12. That Dr. W. R. Coppedge be given evangelistic powers in Rich- 
mond County in reference to any mission points he may be able to serve. 

13. That Presbytery approve the following appropriations for the 
year 1926-27. 

Appropriations 

Superintendent's Salary $ 3,000.00 

Robinson and Allen 675.00 

Indian Trail and Siler 400.00 

Marshville 700.00 

Troy, Wadeville and Star 600.00 

Wilmore 800.00 

Ellerbe, Mt. Carmel, and Norman 600.00 

Roberdel, Brainerd, Cameronian, and Marks Creek 400.00 

Oakboro, Locust, Stanfield, and Morgan Memorial 450.00 

Pageland, Beulah, and Salem 500.00 

Walkersville, Rehoboth, Bethany, and Altan 400.00 

Candor, Biscoe, and Macedonia 600.00 

North Charlotte (for six months) 450.00 

Unionville, Bethlehem, and Midland 1,000.00 

Richmond County Group (Marston, McLean Mem., and Rourks) 1,200.00 

Incidental Expenses 500.00 

Traveling Expenses Supt. and part of house rent 1,000.00 

Pegram Street (for six months) 450.00 

Ellerbe (promised on building) 500.00 

Candor Heating Plant (promised) 400.00 

Badin Building (promised) 1,500.00 

Note T. M. Hartsell, Locust 500.00 

Troy Church 2,000.00 

Contingent Fund for New Work 2,000.00 



$20,625.00 
(Signed) THE COMMITTEE. 

J. M. WALKER, Chairman. 



44 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



REPORT OF W. E. PRICE, TREASURER OF MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY HOME MISSION COMMITTEE FOR THE 

YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 1926 

Receipts 

Balance from Report March 31, 1925 $ 2,761.97 

Received from Churches . 18,731.59 

Dividends Commercial National Bank 24.00 

Church and Manse Erection i 149.87 



$21,667.43 



Disbursements 

Paid to Workers to April 1, 1926 $15,982.44 

Paid Bank Cornelius Note 1,500.00 

Interest 50.83 

Printing 25.95 

Insurance 26.74 

Postage 40.65 

Automobile 818.25 

Norwood Church 190.00 

Roberdel Manse 300.00 

Pegram Street Church Building 200.00 

Ellerbe Church (Interest on Note) 110.00 

Error in Balance 3-31-25 308.99 

Balance in Bank 2,113.58 



$21,667.43 



Liabilities 

None 

Assets 

Note Statesville Avenue $ 650.00 

2 Shares Stock Commercial National Bank 450.00 

Dodge Touring Car , 500.00 



ATTEST: 



Respectfully submitted, 

W. E. PRICE, Treasurer. 



We have carefully audited the books of W. E. Price, Treasurer of 
Home Mission Committee, and find same correct as per above statement. 

J. F. JAMISON, 
J. O. THOMAS, 

Auditors. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 45 



STATEMENT OF CHURCHES OF MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY FOR HOME MISSIONS 

APPROPRIATION 

Albemarle $ 99.00 $ 

Allen 17.00 

Altan 25.00 

Amity 95.00 

Badin 80.00 

Banks 83.00 

Bethany 25.00 

Bethel 87.00 

Bethlehem 49.00 

Beulah 26.00 

Biscoe 28.00 

Brainard 26.00 

Caldwell Memorial 1,235.00 

Camden 9.00 

Cameronian 40.00 

Candor 39.00 

Carmel 77.00 

Central Steele Creek 110.00 

Charlotte First 7,458.00 

Charlotte Second , 7,024.00 

Cooks Memorial 112.00 

CorneHus 45.00 

Ellerbe 35.00 

Hamlet 105.00 

Hopewell 226.00 

Huntersville 342.00 

Indian Trail 20.00 

Lee Park 24.00 

Lilesville 7.00 

Locust 24.00 

Macedonia 48.00 

Mallard Creek 156.00 

Marks Creek 45.00 

Marshville 45.00 

Marston 9.00 

Matthews 64.00 

Midland 15.00 

Monroe 492.00 

Morgan's Memorial 3.00 

Morven 72.00 

McGee 87.00 

McLean Memorial 

Mt. Carmel 25.00 

Mt. Gilead 76.00 

Mulberry 150.00 

Newells 76.00 

Norman 18.00 

North Charlotte 47.00 

Norwood 64.00 

Oakboro 11.00 



PAID 


UNPAID 


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17.00 


30.00 




49.25 


45.75 


80.00 




54.00 


29.00 




25.00 


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45.00 




38.00 




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25.00 


113.66 


112.34 


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3.65 


20.35 


37.30 


10.70 


82.00 


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45.00 




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9.00 




12.50 


51.50 




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538.00 




4.70 




68.00 


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85.50 


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42.00 




45.00 


31.00 


150.00 




84.90 




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46 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



APPROPRIATION PAID UNPAID 

Pageland 14.00 14.00 

Palestine 6.00 6.00 

Paw Creek 272.00 247.21 24.79 

Peachland 17.00 5.25 11.75 

Pee Dee 39.00 5.17 33.83 

Pegram Street 51.00 51.00 

Philadelphia 294.00 209.82 84.18 

Pineville 122.00 67.00 55.00 

Pleasant Hill 69.00 45.66 23.34 

Polkton 29.00 20.00 9.00 

Porter 3.00- 3.00 

Providence 125.00 45.71 79.29 

Ramah , 104.00 15.00 89.00 

Rehoboth 27.00 5.00 22.00 

Robinson 62.00 66.00 

Roberdell 29.00 29.00 

Rockingham 117.00 33.84 83.16 

Star 4.40 

Salem 24.00 5.00 19.00 

Seversville 110.00 63.00 47.00 

Sharon 298.00 229.97 68.03 

Siler 37.00 37.00 

Six-Mile Creek 37.00 37.00 

Stanfield 3.00 3.00 

Steele Creek 1,154.00 885.00 269.00 

St. Paul 251.00 157.00 94.00 

Sugaw Creek 397.00 335.50 61.50 

Tenth Avenue 829.00 570.00 259.00 

Thomasboro 102.00 99.00 3.00 

Troy 24.00 22.90 1.10 

Turners 10.00 2.00 8.00 

Unionville 20.00 20.00 

Wadesboro 178.00 40.00 138.00 

Wadeville 20.00 13.95 6.05 

Walkerville 43.00 20.00 23.00 

Waxhaw 186.00 44.42 141.58 

West Avenue 207.00 154.00 53.00 

Westminster 822.00 819.00 3.00 

Williams Memorial 136.00 136.00 

Wilmore 49.00 49.00 

Respectfully submitted by 

W. E. PRICE, Treasurer. 

MEN'S WORK 

Eleven Churches of the 92 reported organizations. 

Total Male Membership over 18 years of age in Churches report- 
ing organizations 1,850 

Enrollment in "Men of the Church" Organization 757 

Enrollment in other Men's Organizations 583 

Amount 

Over and Above Gifts to Church Causes $14,064 

Expense of Men's Organizations for own purposes 5,217 



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47 



Are organizations under control of Session? Yes. 

Are they organized along line of Assembly's Plan and Program? 
Yes— 8. N(y-3. 

Do they study Activities and Needs of Causes of the Church? Yes. 
Yes. 

Are their programs — Spiritual? Yes. Social? Yes. Educational? 
Yes. 

What per cent of church men enroll in Bible Qasses ? 66 per cent. 

What per cent lead in public prayer? 29 per cent. 

Have they conducted any Evangelistic Services? Yes — in some 
instances. 

Are the men being trained to do Personal Work? Yes — in most of 
the organizations. 

What per cent contribute to their Church Budget for Current Ex- 
penses and Benevolences? 100 per cent. 

Churches mentioning special activities in : 

Spiritual Life. L Yes — 35. 

Evangelism and Missions. IL Yes — 35. 

Christian Training in Bible Study. IIL Yes — 35. 

Stewardship of Possessions. IV. Yes — 35. 

Social Service. V. Yes — 35. 



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Total Memberhip 1158 307 421 52 105 50 2093 

Benevolent Contributions : 

1. Foreign Missions 301 17 10 433 

2. Assembly H'me Missions 25 5 1 

3. Synod's Home Missions. 3 2 1 

4. Presbjrtery's H. Miss'ns 29 5 

5. Congregational H. Miss. 4 

6. Chris. Ed. and M. R'lf. 15 3 1 

7. S. S. Ext. and Pub 5 1 

8. Educational Institutions. 21 1 

9. Bible Cause 10 1 

10. Orphans' Homes 146 10 

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12. Miscelan's. Contributions 560 

13. Total for all purposes.. 2615 32 30 433 

Are they under the control of the Session ? Yes. 

What form of Church Work do they do? They hold young people's 
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4. Presbytery's Home Missions 

5. Congregational Home Missions 

6. Christian Education and Mins'tl Relief. 

7. Sunday School Ext. and Publication 

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11. Current Exp. and Contingent Fees — 

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110 


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Grand Total of Gifts of Women for all 

Causes $53,538 

Has your Presbytery a Woman's Auxiliary, and how many societies 
affiliated with it? Yes— 63. 

Are they under control of Session — i. e., has the Session approved 
their organization, constitutions and methods of work? Yes. 

What form of work do they do? They follow the general plan of 
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16. Examinations: 

(i) Experimental Piety — The Moderator. 

(2) Academic Studies — R. W. Culbertson. 

(3) Languages — Latin Thesis and Greek Exegesis — M. E, 
Sentelle, J. W. Grier. 

(4) Natural and Exact Sciences — H. E. Gurney, C. H. Little. 

(5) Mental and Moral Philosophy, Logic and Rhetoric — W. H. 
Frazer, W. B. S. Chandler. 

(6) Theology — A. S. Johnson, A. A. McGeachy, W. R. Coppedge. 

(7) Church History — C. W. Sommerville, G. F. Bell, J. M. 
Walker. 

(8) Church Government and Sacraments — J. G. Garth, M. E. 
Peabody, R. S. Burwell. 

TRUSTEES OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

1. Davidson — R. A. Dunn, H. N. Pharr — terms expire 1926; A, A. 
McGeachy, J. W. Pharr, W. H. Belk — terms expire 1927. 

2. Queens— A. A. McGeachy, T. M. Glasgow, J. L. Choate, P. S. 
Gilchrist — terms expire 1928; J. Arthur Henderson, E. E. Jones, 
A. J. Crov^ell — terms expire 1926; E. A. McCausiand, J. W. Mc- 
Clung, Hunter Marshall — terms expire 1927. 

3. Albemarle^-M. J. Harris A., C. Honeycutt, A. E. McCausiand— 
terms expire 1928; R. J. Mcllwain, F. S. Neal, W. H. Belk — 
terms expire 1926; J. M. Harry, J. W. Stork, J. H. McCrae, Jno. 
McDow^ell, J. M. Morrow — terras expire 1927. 

4. Stanley Hall— J. A. Little, W. L. Wallis, J. F. Ligon, W. E. Price, 
S. B. McLean. 



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I MINUTES 

I MECKLENBURG 
I PRESBYTERY 




114th Stated Session, Banks Church 

Union, County, N. C. 

Oaober 26^27, 1926 



ADJOURNED MEETINGS 

First Church. Charlotte, N. C, July 5, 1926, September 6, 1926 

and September 20, 1926 

Next Stated Meeting, Albemarle, N. C. 
April 12, 1927 



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DIRECTORY 

Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine, Moderator Monroe, N. C. 

Rev. J. G. Garth, Stated Clerk Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. W. Stork, Permanent Clerk Mt. Gilead, N. C 

W. E. Price, Treasurer Home Missions Charlotte, N, C. 

Trustees of Presbytery— W. H. Belk, H. C. Alexander, J. L. Choate. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Presbytery's Home Missions — J. M. Walker, H. E. Gurney, W. R. 
Coppedge, W. B. S. Chandler, C. H. Little, F. S. Neal, W H. 
Belk, T. J. Smith, C. P. Brown, W. E. Price, J. F. Ligon, Dr. 
R. H. Lafferty. 

PERMANENT COMMITTEES 

1. Foreign Missions — W. B. Mcllwaine, J. W. Grier, W. L. Wallis,, 
J. Arthur Henderson, M. B. Spier. 

2. Assembly's Home Missions — J. F. Ligon, C. H. Little, A. S. 
Anderson, Jno. B. Ross. 

3. Christian Education and Ministerial Relief — J. W. Grier, L. W. 
Brown, J. W. McClung. 

4. Religious Education — General Chairman : W. B. S. Chandler, 
(i) Children's Division: W. M. Wilcox, W. E. Price, M. E. 

Peabody. 

(2) Young People's Division : J. G. Garth, W. W. Moore, F. H. 
Bierman. 

(3) Leadership Training: W. S. Hamiter, S. B. Lyerly, H. J. 
Spencer. 

(4) Sunday School Extension : S. A, Ewart, G. M. Beaty, Dr. 
R. H. Lafferty. 

5. Bible Cause— S. B. Lyerly, J. W. Stork, J. W. Pharr. 

6. Synod's Home Missions— L E. Wallace, B. B. Shankel, C. H. 

Caldwell, D. S. Monteith. 

7. Orphans' Home — W. H. Johnston, R. W. Culbertson, Wm. 

Anderson, W. A. Jamison. 

8. Schools and Colleges — W. R. Coppedge, J. R. Bridges, Beatty 

Faires, G. M. Rose, Jr. 

9. Sabbath and Family Religion— R. J. Mcllwaine, B. B. Shankel, 

W. S. Hamiter, Thos. Spratt, Wm. Ross. 

10. Evangelism— A. A. Walker, C. E. White, T. G. Hardie. 

11. Men's and Women's Societies— L. R. Walker, W. C. Underwood, 

J. R. Irwin. 

12. Auditing — J. F. Jamison, J. O. Thomas. 

13. Stewardship— S. B. McLean, H. E. Gurney, W. H. Frazer, L. R. 
Walker, W. E. Price, M. B. Spier, F. S. Neal, J. H. Wearn. 

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MINUTES 

MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 




114th Stated Session, Banks Church 

Union, County, N. C. 

Ocftober 26-27, 1926 



ADJOURNED MEETINGS 

First Church, Charlotte, N. C, July 5, 1926, September 6, 1926 

and September 20, 1926 

Next Stated Meeting, Albemarle, N. C. 
April 12, 1927 



STATED FALL SESSION 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in the 114th Stated Session 
at Banks Church, Tuesday, October 26, 1926, at 10 a. m., and 
was opened with a sermon by the moderator. Rev. Q. N. 
Huneycutt, Th.D., from Isa. 7:14. 

The Lord's Supper was then observed, Rev. J. R. Bridges, 
D.D., and Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine, being in charge. 

Following this memorial. Presbytery took recess for dinner, 
to reconvene at 1 :(X) o'clock. 

A quorum being found present. Presbytery was constituted 
with prayer by Rev. J. M. Walker. 



TUESDAY AFTERNOON— 1:00 o'Oock 

Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine was elected moderator; Rev. C. G. 
Long was elected temporary clerk. 

The chairman of Committee on Arrangements reported and 
report received. 

Roll of Presbytery 

The following ministers and elders attended : 

Ministers: A. H. Atkins, J. R. Bridges, G. F. Bell, L. W. 
Brown, R. S. Burwell, W. B. S. Chandler, W. R. Coppedge, 
S. A. Ewart, W. H. Frazer, J. G. Garth, H. E. Gurney, J. W. 
Grier, W. S. Hamiter, Q. N. Huneycutt, T. F. Huneycutt, 
G. C. Huntington, A. S. Johnson, W. H. Johnston, J. F. 
Ligon, C. H. Little, C. G. Long, S. B. Lyerly, A. A. Mc- 
Geachy, S. B. McLean, R. J. Mcllwaine, W. B. Mcllwaine, 
M. E. Peabody, C. H. Rowan, B. B. Shankel, A. R. Shaw, W. 
T. Smith, C. W. Somerville, J. W. Stork, A. A. Walker, J. M. 
Walker, Lynn R. Walker, I. E. Wallace, C. E. White, T. M. 
Stribling.— 39. 

Elders, representing churches : D. B. McQueen, Albe- 
marle; J. O. Stancil, Amity; R. M. Potts, Banks; F. S. Mc- 
Connell, Bethel; J. P. Sample, Concord; R. R. Grier, Central 
Steel Creek; W. B. Bradford, Charlotte First; J. W. Pharr, 
Charlotte Second; S. B. McClure, Cook's Memorial; J. I. 
Procter, Cornelius; J. H. McRae, Ellerbe; Vance Sykes, Ham- 
let; J. W. Monteith, Huntersville ; A. F. Tiddy, Lee Park; 



4 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Frank S. Sloop, Mallard Creek; J. C. Marsh, Marshville; L. A. 
Marshall, Mulberry; A. N. Cagle, Norman; J. C. Kendall, Nor- 
wood ; G. S. Mayes, Caldwell Memorial ; C. A. Summerville, 
Paw Creek ; J. W. Miller, Philadelphia ; C. B. Grier, Pineville ; 
J. O. Neely, Pleasant Hill ; C. O. Howard, Providence ; R. W. 
Blackwelder, Seversville ; W. W. Faires, Sharon ; G. E. Howey, 
Six-Mile Creek; S. A. Wilson, Steele Creek; C. L. Abernethy, 
Sugaw Creek; W. L. Summerville, Thomasboro; W. D. Mc- 
Manus, Turner ; J. E. McCain, Waxhaw ; W. A. Jamison, West 
Avenue; H. C. Alexander, Westminster; S. E. True, Williams 
Memorial. — 37. 

Hours of Meeting: 9 :30 a. m. to 12 :30 p. m. Recess for 
lunch. Reassemble after recess, 1 :30 to 5 lOO p. m. Recess till 
7:00 p. m. Assemble 7:00 p. m. Adjourn at will. 

Special Orders : Presbyterial Sermon at 7 :00 p. m. Tues- 
day, and Popular meeting for Foreign Missions, 11 a. m. Wed- 
nesday. 

Rev. R. W. Culbertson was elected as delegate of the Pres- 
bytery to the celebration of the 156th anniversary of the organi- 
zation of Orange Presbytery in 1770, to be held by Orange 
Presbytery, October 28th, at old Hawfields Church. 

Presbytery voted to send a telegram of good-will and con- 
gratulation to Orange Presbytery. This message was sent by 
the Stated Clerk. 

Rev. J. B. Hillhouse, of Bethel Presbytery, and Rev. T. M. 
Stribling, of Augusta Presbytery, were introduced and invited 
to sit as visiting brethren. 

Various communications were read and referred to the re- 
spective committees. 

The hour of 3 :00 o'clock was set for special order to hear 
the Committee on Evangelism and Missions. 

Dr. R. H. Lafiferty was given the privilege of the floor, and 
presented the Standard Teachers' Training School to be held in 
Charlotte, Second Church, November 14-19, 1926. 

The Moderator appointed the following standing com- 
mittees : 

Devotional: W. S. Hamiter and Dr. R. M. Potts. 

Arrangement: W. S. Hamiter and J. G. Garth. 

BUls and Overtures: Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D., A. H. 
Atkins, D.D., W. A. Jamison, W. L. Wallis. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 5 

Judicial: S. B. McLean, J. M. Walker, W. B. Bradford. 
Home Missions: Lynn R. Walker, D.D., J. P. Sample, 
Vance Sykes, C. B. Grier. 

Calls and Supplies: C. H. Rowan, S. A. Ewart, C. L. 
Abernethy, W. P. McManus. 

Records of Presbytery: G. C. Huntington, J. O. Stancil, 
A. F. Tiddy. 

Leave of Absence: H. E. Gurney, John Coffie, 

Nomination: C. H. Little, A. A. Walker, H. C. Alexander, 
with the Moderator and Stated Clerk. 

Thanks: L. W. Brown, J. C. Marsh. 

General Assembly's Minutes: J. F. Ligon and G. F. Bell. 

On Presbyterial Assessment: S. B. Lyerly and J. L 
Proctor. 

After presenting his credentials to Presbytery, Rev. 
T. M. Stribling was examined on Experimental Religion, 
Theology, and Church Government and was received and 
enrolled as a member of Mecklenburg Presbytery from 
Augusta Presbytery after he had signed the Covenant. 

Other communications were read and referred to the 
various committees. 

The Permanent Committee on Religious Education sub- 
mitted its report. The report was received and pending the 
adoption of the recommendation, very favorable reports 
were given by the pastors assisted during the summer by 
the young ladies from the Assembly's Training School. 

The recommendation of the report was adopted as fol- 
lows : 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 

Your Committee on Religious Education respectfully report that we 
carried out the instructions of Presbytery and secured two young ladies 
from the Training School at Richmond to do field work among our out- 
lying and mission churches during the summer, viz : Misses Carrie L. 
Brittain and Ruth McRae. Illness necessitated the absence of Miss 
McRae from the work for five weeks, during four of which Miss Mar- 
garet Warren, also from the Training School, substituted for her. 

Our sub-chairman on Leadership Training, Rev. W. S. Hamiter. 
was most faithful and persistent in arranging the summer schedule and 
efTecting changes as the need for them arose. We had more applications 



6 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

for this work than we could meet. Preference was given to the weaker 
churches, and the work was distributed over the Presbytery as evenly as 
possible. 

The average attendance at the Daily Vacation Bible Schools, most 
of which ran for two weeks, was as follows : Waxhaw, 44 ; Thomasboro, 
65; Pleasant Hill, 31; Lee Park, 30; Roberdell, 53; Mt. Carmel, 11; and 
Ellerbe, 91 ; a total of 326. The total enrollment was 392. The average 
attendance in the Teacher Training Qasses was as follows: Thomas- 
boro, 28; McGee, 14; Pleasant Hill, 52; Lee Park, 41; Turner, 23. A 
few credits were taken but the number was not reported. Revival services 
in the fields interfered with this phase of the work and prevented the 
holding of a larger number of training classes. 

Receipts from the field and disbursements of the same were as fol- 
lows : 

Thomasboro $ 9.11 Com. of Publicat'n, Supplies_$16.00 

McGee 7.99 Com. of Publicat'n, Books___ 13.65 

Roberdell 6.00 G. F. Bell, Telephone 1.10 

Lee Park 10.00 W. S. Hamiter, Postage and 

Ellerbe 5.25 Travel 4.50 

Miss Brittain, Travel 3.10 



Total _1 $38.35 Total .—$38.35 

Presbytery appropriated $200.00 each from Presbytery's Tax Fund 
and the Treasury of Presbytery's Home Missions for the expenses of 
this work ; but less than half of these sums was used : 

From the Tax Fund : 

Miss Brittain, 12 weeks' salary $90.00 

Miss Brittain, travel expense 1.20 



Total $91.20 

From the Home Mission Treasury : 

Miss Warren, 4 weeks' salary $30.00 

Miss McRae, 7 weeks' salary 52.50 

Miss McRae, travel expense 4.55 



Total $87.05 

Travel expense to the field and one-half the salary was borne by the 
Committee of Publication at Richmond. 

We recommend the continuance of this work next summer and the 
emplayment of four workers instead of two, with appropriations of 
$3(K).00 each from Presbytery's Tax Fund and Treasury of Home 
Missions. 

G. F. BELL, Chairman. 

The report of the Committee on Christian Education and 
Ministerial Relief was submitted. The report was received 
and the recommendation was adopted : 

The following are the Candidates for the Ministry on our rolls : 

H. W. Alexander, B. F. Brown, G. C. Crowell, J. M. Davis, I. M. 
Ellis, Jack Hand, E. E. Houghton, S. E. Howie, J. F. Hutchinson, B. B. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 7 

Long, E. P. Lathery, Claude Mcintosh, J. A. Mclntyre, C. L. Norwood, 
C K. Poole, J. M. Smith, Jonathan M. Smith, W. G. Thomas, P. P. 
Thrower, G. E. Weeks, T. F. Wallace, M. C. Yeargan. 

I have been unable to get any report from I. M. Ellis, Espy P. 
Lathery, John Mauney Smith, Jonathan M. Smith, Guy E. Weeks. 

H. W. Alexander is at Centre College ; B. F. Brown, C L. Norwood, 
C. K. Poole, P. P. Thrower and Jack Hand are at Davidson College; 
J. M. Davis is at Presbyterian College of S. C ; G. C. Crowell, B. B. 
Long and W. G. Thomas are at Union Seminary. 

Claude Mcintosh, M. C. Yeargan, T. F. Wallace, and J. F. Hutchin- 
son are at Columbia Seminary. 

E. E. Houghton is traveling in the East. He expects to enter semi- 
nary one year hence. 

J. A. Mclntyre is working for Home Mission Committee, at Ellerbe. 

We have made recommendations on the basis of their requests and 
the requests of their sessions to our Central Committee for loans as fol- 
lows : 

$175.00 to the following: J. M. Davis, C. L. Norwood and C. K. 
Poole, G. C. Crowell. 

$150.00 to the following: B. B. Long, Claude Mcintosh, P. P. 
Thrower, T. F. Wallace, W. G. Thomas, M. C. Yeargan. 

$100.00 to S. E. Howie. 

J. W. GRIER. 

The report on the Alexander Loan Fund was read and 
referred to a temporary Auditing Committee consisting of 
W. A. Jamison and W. L. Wallis. 

The trustees of the Presbytery reported verbally through 
Rev. A. A. Walker to the effect that the deed for the Stanley 
Hall property had been recorded and that the deed to the old 
Pegram Street Church had been turned over to the trustees 
of Plaza Church. 

The Committee on Assembly's Home Missions read a 
communication from the Assembly's Executive Committee, 
as its report. The report was received and the recommen- 
dations were adopted as follows : 

1. The communication from the Assembly's Committee be read as 
information. 

2. The total askings of 16 per cent be appropriated to this cause 
by the Presbytery. 

3. The moderator be asked to invoke the divine blessing on this 
work. 

WM. B. S. CHANDLER, Chairman. 



8 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

In accordance with the last recommendation Rev. R. J. 
Mcllwaine, the Moderator, led the Presbytery in prayer. 

The commission to install Rev. C. H. Rowan at Paw 
Creek and Cook's Memorial reported these installations ac- 
complished on July 18, 1926. Rev. J. G. Garth, Ruling Elder 
W. E. Price executed the work of the commission. Rev. J. 
M. Walker, the other member, being unable to attend. 

The Stated Clerk reported the performance of the Pres- 
bytery's order to visit Sharon Church as follows : 

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The Stated Clerk reports that in pursuance with the order of Presby- 
tery to read to the congregation of Sharon Church the report of the com- 
mittee to inquire into state of religion in Sharon Church and to preach a 
sermon in connection with the proceeding, he obeyed the order on Sab- 
bath, October 17th. The congregation of Sharon Church received the 
reading of the report with respectful and Christian attention, and showed 
marvelous patience during the preaching of a sermon on Spiritual Mind- 
edness. 

J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 

The committee on the installation of Rev. H. H. Cassady 
reported and was continued. 

Licentiate T. F. Grier reported on his activities. The 
report was accepted and his diligence commended. 

The Stated Clerk, assisted by Rev. H. E. Gurney, D.D., 
was instructed to investigate the activities of Licentiate 
C. B. Alexander and report at the next adjourned meeting 
of Presbytery. 

The Committee on Evangelism and Missions made its 
report which was received. Pending the adoption of the 
recommendations, comments were made on the work of 
Evangelism by Revs. C. E. White, J. W. Stork, L. W. 
Brown, B. B. Shankel, and others. 

The recommendations were adopted as amended. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON EVANGELISM 

The reports received by your committee indicate very clearly that the 
spirit of revival is alive among our people. Reports have been received 
from 29 of the 47 arranged for by Presbytery as its Spring meeting, in 
a total of 249 days ; resulting in 219 professions, 130 accessions to the 
Church by profession, and 31 by letter ; a total of 161. We cannot empha- 
size too much the importance of a series of evangelistic meetings in every 
church, at least once a year. There should be a time of harvest, as well 
as a time of sowing. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 9 

Letters accompanying these reports to your committee reveal the 
fact that while we must always depend upon the Holy Spirit for power 
in revival, there is a distinct and definite work for us to do. There are 
two factors that have contributed largely to the success of the meetings 
that have been held: 1st, where the churches have made careful and 
prayerful preparation for the meetings, God has been present in power ; 
2nd, the churches in which men have exercised the privilege of personal 
evangelism, the blessing has come. It is not enough to hold a meeting in 
a perfunctory way, merely because it is the custom ; this work should be 
undertaken seriously. The Holy Spirit operates largely through active, 
consecrated lives ; and if men will give themselves to the definite personal 
service, the results will be well worth while. 

Your committee would ask Presbytery for suggestions or instructions 
to enable it to articulate more efficiently with the churches under its 
care. Our only desire is to serve. Of the 47 meetings arranged for in 
the Spring, 12, for various reasons, had no minister assigned ; but 35 had 
ministers assigned. Of the 29 reports received by your committee, 20 
were from churches where ministers were assigned; but only 10 of these 
were held by the minister thus assigned, while 10 were held by others. 
Your committee would like to see the Presbytery's evangelistic program 
100 per cent efficient. 

Your committee would recommend: 

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1. That Presbytery again emphasize the importance of a series of 
evangelistic meetings in every church, at least once a year, if practicable ; 
and that careful and prayerful preparation be made for these meetings, not 
only throughout the year, but in the several weeks immediately preceding 
them; and that pastors be urged to enlist his men, as far as possible, in 
personal evangelistic service. 

2. That the churches under the care of this committee be requested 
to suggest to the committee the names of men whom they would wish to 
have assigned to their churches for the year beginning April 1, 1927; 
and that these suggestions be sent to the committee some weeks before the 
Spring session of Presbytery. 

3. That the Committee on Evangelism secure a list of ministers who 
are willing to hold evangelistic meetings in the Presbytery. 

4. That we call upon all our people to offer prayer in behalf of 
these meetings ; upon the churches, the pastors, and the men who are 
doing the preaching. 

COMMITTEE ON EVANGELISM. 



10 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

PARTIAL LIST OF MEETINGS HELD IN MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY— APRIL 1 TO FALL MEETING 

Meetings held as assigned : 

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1. Macedonia— J. G. Garth, J. G. Garth 8 5 5 

2. Polkton— J. W. Stork, J. W. Stork 7 3 3 2 

3. Roberdel — A. S. Anderson, A. S. Anderson 8 10 5 2 

4. Beulah— W. T. Smith, W. T. Smith 7 11 6 4 

5. Morgan Memorial — S. B. McLean, S. B. McLean__ 8 2 15 

6. Stanfield— B. B. Shankel, B. B. Shankel 8 7 12 

7. Oakboro— A. A. Walker, A. A. Walker 8 3 

8. Bethlehem— W. H. Frazer, W. H. Frazer 5 10 

9. Midland— A. A. Walker, A. A. Walker 6 3 3 3 

10. Bethel— A. A. Walker, A. A. Walker 8 7 7 

Meetings held by others than those assigned : 

1. Mt. Carmel— C. E. White, A. H. Atkins 7 

2. Marston— W. B. S. Chandler, S. B. McLean 8 10 10 1 

3. Wadeville— J. G. Garth, W. H. Johnston 8 2 2 

4. Troy— J. W. Stork, W. C. Black 8 36 10 

5. Peachland— J. M. Walker, B. B. Shankel 8 

6. Pageland— J. W. Stork, W. C Black 9 20 14 2 

8. Salem— R. J. Mcllwaine, S. B. Lyerly 8 9 7 2 

8. Siler— C H. Little, H. H. Cassady 8 

9. Locust— W. B. Mcllwaine, C. E. White 6 3 1 

10. Indian Trail— J. F. Ligon, Union Meeting 30 19 19 2 

Meetings for which no assignment was made : 

1. Walkersville— W. T. Smith 7 19 19 1 

2. Altan— W. J. Hunneycutt 8 3 3 1 

3. Bethany— B. B. Shankel 7 4 4 1 

4. Rehoboth— C. G. Long 7 1 

5. Rourk's Chapel— W. H. Johnston 8 

6. McLean Memorial— W. T. Smith 8 3 3 

7. Norman— C. E. White 8 6 

8. Marshville— Mc. R. Long 15 24 4 1 

9. Morven— A. A. Walker 8 4 3 

39 249 219 130 31 

Ten o'clock Wednesday morning was set as the special 
order to hear the report of the Stewardship Committee. 

The report by the temporary Auditing Committee con- 
sisting of W. A. Jamison and W. L. Wallis was made and 
adopted : 

We have examined the Treasurer's book of the Alexander Fund, 
Rev. J. W. Grier being the treasurer. We find that the former treasurer, 



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Rev. M. E. Sentelle, on November 18, 1925, turned over to Mr. Grier 
the sum of $264.55 

April 1, '26— Interest was paid by G. M. Rose 300.00 

Refunds also by B. C. Moore were paid on dates from January 30 

to May 19, 1926 70.00 

Total $634.55 

Records show following loans : 

December 28, '25— To M. C Yearger $ 50.00 

May 4, '25— To William G. Thomas 50.00 

April 21, '26— To E. M. Williamson 50.00 

April Zl, '26— To James C. Wool 50.00 

October 16— To Paul P. Thomas 50.00 

Cash in Bank $384.55 $634.55 



Above notes were not submitted but a statement by J. L. Choate that 
he had compared notes for these loans and that they agree with the records 
was submitted. 

Respectfully submitted by 

W. A. JAMISON, 
W. L, WALLIS, 

Committee. 

Presbytery took recess until 7:00 o'clock. 

TUESDAY NIGHT 

Presbytery resumed work at 6:15 p. m. 

The Committee on Bible Cause made its report, which 
was adopted. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON THE BIBLE CAUSE 

Your Committee on the Bible Cause submits the following report : 

It is with profound gratitude to God that we note a continued increase 
both in the demand for and in the production of the Word of God. We 
hope that all our ministers and church members will try in some way to 
realize what a tremendous and fruitful work the American Bible Society 
is doing. During the one hundred and ten years of its existence it has 
published and distributed 173,976,296 copies of the Bible or portions of it. 
During the year 1925 it published and distributed 9,069,130 copies of the 
Bible and parts of it. When we remember that the Word of God is the 
most effective missionary agency in the world we may get a faint idea of 
the good that is being done by this Society. 

We would also like to call the attention of our ministers and church 
members to the small amount of money our Church is giving to this great 
cause. We are asked to give only six-tenths of one per cent of our 
benevolent contributions to this cause. Surely this percentage is none too 
great, and we cannot afford to let our gifts fall below that amount as a 
minimum. The amount asked by the Assembly for the Bible Cause is 
$28,500, but as a matter of fact last year we gave only about $19,000. We 



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fell short of the least amount we should have given by $9,000. Let us 
look at the deficit in terms of copies of the Scriptures we failed to dis- 
tribute. A dime will purchase a copy of the New Testament. This means 
that we withheld 95,000 copies of the New Testament from people at home 
and on the foreign field who haven't one, many of whom have never seen 
one. We have no way of knowing how many hundreds or even thousands 
of people would have been brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ 
by these 95,000 copies of the Testament if we had placed them in their 
hands. May we express the hope that our Church which is pre-eminent in 
its zeal for the pure Word of God and for the great cause of Missions, 
may with a larger sympathy and a more generous purse appreciate the 
needs and the services of the American Bible Society. It is greatly handi- 
capped in its mission by a lack of funds. 

The American Bible Society is eager for all of our people to know 
that it exists to serve the church and all our missionary agencies. They 
would like for our ministers and people alike to get in touch with the 
Society when in need of Bibles for personal use or for missionary 
purposes. 

We wish to call your attention also to the fact that there are three 
agencies of the American Bible Society which serve the states included 
within the bounds of our Assembly. There is the South Atlantic Agency, 
Rev. M. B. Porter, Secretary, 218 N. Adams St., Richmond, Va., which 
serves Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, 
and Florida. 

We would recommend that more stress be laid by our ministers and 
Sunday School workers upon the great work the Society is doing as a 
missionary agency at home and abroad, as well as upon its financial 
needs, and that we all see to it that this cause is not robbed of any portion 
of its pitiably small part of our benevolences. 

S. B. LYERLY. 
J. W. STORK. 

H. C. ALEXANDER, TRUSTEE 

In connection with the report of the Nomination Com- 
mittee, Mr. H. C. Alexander, of Charlotte, was elected a 
trustee of the Presbytery to succeed Mr. J. M. Oates, de- 
ceased. 

The completed report of the Nominations Committee 
was read and adopted. See inside of covers of this copy of 
Minutes for revised list. 

The Committee on Church Assessments reported and the 
report was adopted as follows : 

LIST OF CHURCHES WHICH DID NOT PAY THEIR PRESBY- 
TERIAL ASSESSMENTS FOR THE YEAR 1925-26 

Bethlehem, Biscoe, Camden, Candor, Ellerbe Springs, Hopewell, In- 
dian Trail, Lee Park, Locust, Mark's Creek, McLean Memorial, Midland, 
Morgan Memorial, Morven, Oakboro, Palestine, Rehoboth, Rourk's 
Chapel, Salem, Sharon, Siler, Stephenson, Turner, Wadeville. — 24. 

S. B. LYERLY, 
J. L PROCTOR, 

Committee. 



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Ruling elders N. J. Phillips and W. B. Hutchinson re- 
ported attendance on the General Assembly at Pensacola 
last May. Their diligence was commended. 

TREASURER'S REPORT 

Amounts received from assessments due April 1, 1926, paid by 

68 churches $2,802.53 

Amounts disbursed: 

Rev. J. D. Leslie, D.D., for General Assembly dues $1,218.40 

W. E. Price, Treasurer, $100; plus $3.67 Telegram 103.67 

Presbyterian Standard, Spring Minutes $226.50 

Other Bills 28.35 254.35 

Auditors 25.00 

Stated Clerk's salary — for six months 100.00 

Permanent Clerk's salary for 12 months 30.00 

Miss Carrie L. Brittain, teacher in D. V. B. S. $90.00 

Expense 1.20 91.20 

G. F. Bell, expense in D. V. B. S. 9.24 

Rev. R. A. McLeod, Stated Clerk of Synod, dues 233.76 

Total $2,066.12 

Balance in Commercial National Bank 831.45 

HISTORICAL SOCIETY 

The matter of the Historical Society was brought by the 
Nominating Committee to the consideration of Presbytery. 
The paper was received and the recommendations were 
adopted as amended. 

The communication from Rev. S. M. Tenney, Curator of 
the Presbyterian Historical Society, located in Texarkana, 
Texas, is as follows : 
To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg — Fathers and Brethren : 

The Historical Society of the Synod of Texas was offered to the Gen- 
eral Assembly of our Church, which convened in Pensacola, Fla., May 
20, 1926. This offer was commended by overtures from three Synods, and 
two Presbyteries in other Synods. The Assembly accepted the offer and 
made provision for the continuance of the work. 

All branches of the Presbyterian Church in this country, of any size, 
have historical organizations for collecting and preserving historical 
materials, and to encourage and provide for historical research. Though 
the work in our Church has been too long neglected and much that would 
have been of great value has been lost beyond recovery, yet, we begin 
our service with a splendid collection of manuscripts, records, minutes, 
books, booklets, pamphlets, reviews, church paper files, photographs, etc. 
In two or three departments we are now able to offer advantages for 
research work second only to three other collections in the United States. 

All branches of the Church are inter-related. Our plan, therefore, 
comprehends all branches of the Presbyterian Church. This is absolutely 
necessary to the full appreciation and study of any one division of the 
Church. 



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We are shortly to have a large and one of the best of Scotch and 
English historical collections. This will enable us to provide data for the 
proper study of the antecedents of the Church in our country. 

The plan of operation calls for : I, manuscript letters, diaries, docu- 
ments, monograms, etc. ; II, records of the Church, minutes of sessions. 
Presbyteries, Synods, Assemblies, committees; III, a library containing 
books, booklets, brochures, etc., productions of Presbyterians, or touching 
any phase of Presbyterian history, doctrine, or worship (hymn books, 
etc.) ; IV, museum, relics of interest, sounding boards, church bells, com- 
munion sets, tokens, gavels of historic associations, or other relics of 
personal or general historic associations ; and V, a gallery of photographs 
of individuals, groups. Presbyteries, Synods, Assemblies, churches, church 
buildings, Auxiliaries, conferences, etc. 

That every effort may be made to get the history of the Church and 
to assure the hearty co-operation of the whole Church, we are asking 
each Presbytery, Presbyterial, Synod, and Synodical to appoint a historical 
committee, carefully selecting as chairman one interested who will follow 
instructions and plans sent out. We are, therefore, addressing you and 
your body praying the appointment of such a committee. Upon notification 
of the appointment of your chairman he will be supplied with information 
for his own use and for distribution. 

We, further, pray you to adopt the following resolutions, which have 
already been adopted by three Synods and a number of Presbyteries. 

Whereas, the General Assembly has approved the establishment of a 
Historical Society and accepted the offer of the Historical Society of the 
Synod of Texas as a nucleus, and 

Whereas, it is of the utmost importance that all records be kept under 
the best fire protection, not subject to circulation and misplacement, and 
that they should be assembled at one point for convenience to the Church 
for research, and 

Whereas, the co-operation of the whole Church is necessary to ac- 
complish the desired end, therefore be it 
Resolved : 

I. That this Presbytery give its hearty approval to the establishment 
of a Historical Society for our Church. 

II. That this Presbytery evidence its disposition to co-operate in 
this service by permitting copies of its original Minutes to be deposited 
with the Historical Society of Texarkana, Texas, now adopted by the 
General Assembly. 

III. That the Presbytery direct its Stated Clerk to regularly file two 
copies of its printed Minutes and all other official papers printed by the 
Presbytery with the said named Historical Society. 

IV. That the Presbytery commend the Historical Society to all 
churches and individuals throughout its bounds for contributions of his- 
toric interest and for financial support. 

Very sincerely your servant, 

S. M. TENNEY, Curator, 
General Assembly's Historical Department. 



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The communication was received and adopted, and 
amended in the case of Recommendation II. 

Revs. J. G. Garth, C. W. Somerville, D.D., and W. H. 
Frazer, D.D., were appointed as a historical committee. 

The Presbyterial Sermon was preached by Rev. A. H. 
Atkins, D.D., from Acts 2:38, subject: "Repentance." 

Presbytery then adjourned to reconvene at 9:30 a. m. 
Wednesday. 

WEDNESDAY MORNING 

Presbytery convened at 9 :30 a. m. The devotional exer- 
cises were conducted by Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D. 

The Minutes of Tuesday's sessions were read and ap- 
proved as amended. 

Rev. C. K. Gumming, D.D., of Norfolk Presbytery, was 
introduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother. 

The Stated Glerk was instructed to communicate with 
Rev. A. S. Anderson, of Badin, and ask him to make a defi- 
nite answer by the Spring Meeting of Presbytery as to the 
Call extended to him about four years ago for his pastoral 
services in the Badin Church. 

The Stewardship Committee made its report, which was 
received. Pending consideration, the discussion was in- 

terrupted to hear a committee on the organization of a new 
church in Myers Park, Charlotte. 

A petition for the organization of a Presbyterian Church 
in Myers Park, was read together with a list of 146 appli- 
cants for membership in this church. Presbytery granted 
the petition and the following commission was appointed to 
organize this church : Revs. W. H. Frazer, D.D., C. C. 
Beam, G. F. Bell, D.D., and S. B. Lyerly, with elders R. A. 
Dunn, and J. Arthur Henderson. The commission and the 
prospective church were allowed to set the date for this or- 
ganization, the quorum for this commission to be the same 
as a Presbytery. 

The report of the Foreign Missions Committee was read 
as the order of the day, and received. Pending the adoption 
of the recommendations. Rev. C. K. Gumming, D.D., one of 
our recently retired missionaries to Japan, delivered a very 
forceful adddress on the work in Japan. 



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Presbytery voted its appreciation for Dr. Cumming's 
address. 

The recommendations were adopted in accordance with 
recommendation number one. Rev. Lynn R. Walker, D.D., 
led Presbytery in special prayer for the cause of Foreign 
Missions. The report follows : 

FOREIGN MISSIONS 

Your Committee on Foreign Missions begs leave to submit the fol- 
lowing report : 

1. We do not profess to be bringing you fresh information, being 
conscious of the fact that we are only reminding you of the tremendous 
task that challenges us, when we say that our Foreign Mission work is 
being carried on today in four continents : Asia, Africa, South America 
and North America. Our Church is supporting nine mission stations on 
this far-flung battle line. Two in Cuba, one in Japan, one in Korea, one 
in Africa, three in Brazil, and one in Mexico. 

In this large foreign parish our Church is responsible for the 
evangelization of approximately 33 million people. Engaged in the actual 
work of evangelizing our Church has 519 foreign workers who are as- 
sisted in this labor by approximately 3,500 native workers and 
evangelists. Something like 5,000 people were added to the Church last 
year through the faithful efforts of these workers. 

For the support of our Foreign Mission work the Assembly is asking 
our churches to contribute this year, in round numbers, the sum of one 
million, six hundred thousand dollars. It is not asking this amount with a 
view to squandering it, nor yet with a view to expanding the work. It is 
asking for this amount merely with a view to maintaining the work on the 
basis already projected. If the motto and ambition of our Church are 
what they ought to be, viz : 

"The whole wide world for Jesus, for Jesus, 
The whole wide world for Jesus Christ our Lord," 
then surely we cannot but be impressed with the conservative character of 
the Assembly's request. The magnitude of the task demands a much 
larger outlay of funds. 

2. Your committee wishes to lay emphasis upon the responsibility 
and obligation that rests upon pastors and church officers in connection 
with our Foreign Mission work. "Here are millions in our Foreign 
Parish who have never heard the Gospel and whose only hope of hearing 
it is through the gifts and prayers of our Southern Presbyterian Church 
members. But how shall the cry of these unreached millions reach the 
ears of our church members? Through the pastor, supported by his 
officers. His is the awful responsibility of being the mouthpiece through 
which alone their cry can effectively reach our people. If he is faithless 
or indifferent, a non-conductor instead of an eager -hearted transmitter, 
how will he face these millions at the last great day? What will he 
answer to his Lord ? 

Financial! 

Since 1921 our appropriations for work on the field have been cut to 
the bone. A further increase of our missionary force without a large 
increase of income would result in our inability to furnish our missionaries 



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with enough money apiece to make their field work effective. At its April 
meeting, therefore, the Committee decided not to send out any new mis- 
sionaries for the ensuing year except by way of "replacements" that are 
absolutely necessary. As a consequence our active missionary force since 
April 1st, due to unsupplied vacancies caused by deaths and resignations, 
has shrunk from 516 to 505. Only a substantial increase in our income 
can check a still further decline. 

Receipts from churches in our Presbytery up to October 1st total 
$18,627.51. 49 churches have contributed this amount. 31 churches have 
contributed nothing. 

Mexico 

Regarding the present religious situation in Mexico, of which the 
Associated Press has given full reports in our daily papers, the Executive 
Committee of Foreign Missions and our Mexican missionaries are in full 
sympathy with the Mexican government in its endeavor to enforce its laws 
against the opposition of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. This struggle, 
we believe, heralds the dawning of a new day for evangelical missions in 
our sister republic. 

New Secretary and Editor 

By action of the General Assembly, Rev. Dr. C. Darby Fulton enters 
upon his work as Field Secretary of the Executive Committee of Foreign 
Missions. The editorship of the Foreign Mission part of the Presbyte- 
rian Survey, made vacant by the retirement of our beloved senior Secre- 
tary, who now becomes Secretary-Emeritus, has been assigned to the 
Educatic«ial Secretary, Mr. Edward D. Grant, who enters upon his edi- 
torial duties with the November issue. The prayers of the Church are 
asked that these two brethren may be richly blessed in their new spheres 
of service. 

Recommendations 

1. That we here and now be led in a special prayer that God will 
give our pastors a sense of their Foreign Mission responsibility, since 
through them alone can the cry of the unevangelized millions in our 
Foreign Parish effectively reach the ears of our people. 

2. That Church Schools of Missions studying Foreign Missions be 
organized in every church in our Assembly during the month of January 
in accordance with the plan of fostering mission study by the Educational 
Department of the Foreign Mission Committee, that they use the text- 
book on Brazil and the others recommended for these Schools of Missions 
this year. 

3. That all Young People's Societies of our Assembly be encouraged 
to secure from the Educational Department the special missionary pro- 
grams already prepared as they are called for in the regular Young Peo- 
ple's Society topic schedules. 

4. That every Sunday School and Young People's Society in our 
Assembly be encouraged to pray earnestly and very definitely for Foreign 
Missions this year, getting from the Educational Department a copy of 
"Our Prayer Each Week" which will greatly assist them in this. 

5. That during this year all Sunday Schools be urged to study in- 
tensively the work of our Korea Mission and that they apply all their 
Foreign Mission gifts to the $60,000 being raised this year by our Sunday 



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Schools for Korea, it being understood, of course, that all of such offer- 
ings shall be credited to the Church as part of its Foreign Mission appor- 
tionment, and not as an additional offering. 

6. That our Young People's Societies be urged to apply all their 
Foreign Mission offerings to those special missionaries assigned by the 
General Assembly to the Southern Presbyterian Young People's Societies, 
it being understood that all such offerings shall be credited to the Church 
as part of its Foreign Mission apportionment and not as an additional 
offering. 

7. That, whenever practicable, ministers invite furloughed mission- 
aries into their pulpits so that the Foreign Mission enterprise of our 
Church may be personalized to our people through acquaintance with those 
missionaries, such missionary visits to be arranged through the Educa- 
tional Department. 

8. That ministers in all churches in this Assembly be asked to ac- 
quaint their congregations with more of the facts of our Foreign Mission 
work, making sure that their members are correctly informed as to the 
missionary enterprise. 

9. That churches, societies, and Sunday Schools be urged to allocate 
the Foreign Mission apportionments in their budgets to the support of 
definite parts of the Foreign Mission work, thus establishing vital and 
inspiring contact with the foreign field. 

10. That we observe the week ending February 5, 1927, in accordance 
with the recommendation of the General Assembly, as a special Week 
of Prayer for Foreign Missions. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. F. LIGON, Chairman. 

The consideration of the recommendations of the Stew- 
ardship Committee was resumed. 

Ruling elder W. E. Price was given the privilege of the 
floor during the Stewardship discussion. 

Presbytery took recess for lunch, to reassemble at the 
call of the Moderator. 



WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 

Presbytery reconvened at 1 :30 p. m. 

Special orders were made to hear the Committee on 
Schools and Colleges, and then to hear Dr. J. R. Bridges 
on the Presbyterian Standard immediately after the con- 
clusion of the Stewardship Committee's report. 

The report of the Stewardship Committee was again re- 
sumed, and completed with the adoption of the recommen- 
dations as a whole or amended. 



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REPORT OF STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE 

The report of the Every Member Canvass herewith submitted shows 
that a larger amount was subscribed to both Benevolent and Current Ex- 
pense Causes than ever before. The number of subscriptions secured show- 
ed a slight decrease over last year. Reports were secured from all but 
14 churches : Rourk's Chapel, Beulah, Porter, Morgan's Memorial, Salem, 
Locust, Allen, Lilesville, Camden, McLean's Memorial, Midland, Pales- 
tine, Stanfield, and Stephenson. 

Your Committee is convinced that this Presbytery could easily reach 
the full amount of the Benevolent Askings if it were possible to get all of 
the churches of the Presbytery to make as complete a canvass as some 
churches are already doing. Compare the number of members and the 
number of subscriptions made by the following churches : Charlotte 
Second, Caldwell Memorial, Monroe, Steele Creek, Mulberry, McGee, 
Mallard Creek, Pee Dee, Newell. There are 8,204 members in this Pres- 
bytery that made no subscription to the Benevolent Cause. If it were 
possible to secure as much as 10 cents a week from these members it would 
give us an additional amount of $42,660. This would easily balance the 
Benevolent and Current Expense Askings for the Presbytery. 

Your attention is called to the average per capita gifts of the Presby- 
tery. The seven year average is $11.49, the average for 1926 is $12.42. 
There are only 21 churches in the Presbytery that gave last year over 
five dollars per member. We feel sure that this can be greatly increased, 
and we are glad to note that many churches show an increase in their 
per capita gifts for 1926 over the seven year period : Charlotte Second, 
Caldwell Memorial, Westminster, Central Steele Creek, Morven, Paw 
Creek, Steele Creek, Mulberry. Williams' Memorial, Thomasboro, Mal- 
lard Creek, Pineville, Wilmore, Mark's Creek, St. Paul's, Newell, Phila- 
delphia, Siler, Macedonia, Mt. Carmel, Porter, Altan, and Banks. These 
increases are very gratifying. 

Recommendations : 

1st. That the Benevolent Askings for the year beginning April 1, 
1927, of the churches of the Presbytery named in this report amounting 
to $176,754, be adopted, and that all churches be urged to present these 
Askings to their congregation as a minimum amount to be raised for the 
Benevolent Causes. 

Exceptions were made in these askings as follows : Thomasboro, 
$2 per member ; Wilmore, $2, and Mt. Gilead, $3. 

2nd. That pastors and church officers exercise greater diligence in 
their efforts to secure a subscription from every member of the Church 
and not be content with simply raising the budget of their church, recog- 
nizing that the church members who do not worship God with their sub- 
stance as He has blessed them fail to have part with Christ in reconciling 
the world to Himself. 

3rd. That the per centum for distribution of the Benevolent Funds 
for the year 1927 be the same as for the present year, and we urge that 
every church strictly observe this distribution. That sessions, as far as 
practicable with their local work, shall adopt for the distribution of their 
Benevolent Funds percentages recommended by the General Assembly, 
the Synod and Presbytery, which are as follows : Foreign Missions, 33.3 ; 
Assembly's Home Missions, 16.; Christian Education and Ministerial 
Relief, 7.5 ; Publication and Sunday School Work, 2. ; Assembly's Train- 



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ing School, .6; Bible Cause, .6; Synod's Home Missions, 7.5; Schools 
and Colleges, 8.7; Unicm Theological Seminary, 1.3; Barium Springs, 
7.5; Presbytery's Home Missions, 15.; Montreat N. C Home, .25. 

4th. That November be designated as Stewardship Month, and that 
"Royal Partnership," by M. E. Melvin, be the Stewardship book to be 
studied. During the week of February 14 to 20, 1927, special emphasis 
be placed on loyalty to the causes of the Church. That March 13, 1927, 
be designated as Every Member Canvass Day. That the week ending 
March 31, 1927, be observed as Pay Up Week. 

5th. That the Stewardship Committee hold Stewardship Conferences 
in the Presbytery as heretofore. 

6th. That Barium Springs Orphanage be allotted the Thanksgiving 
oflfering and that every church be urged to make this offering equal at 
least to the amount assigned in the budget, and that this offering be not 
considered as a part of the Benevolent Askings for the Orphanage, but as 
an over and above gift. 

7th. That pastors, elders and deacons be urged to co-operate with the 
Advisory Council of business men and women in their effort to balance the 
Benevolent Askings of the Synod. 

8th. That the treasurers of Churches, Woman's Auxiliaries, Sunday 
Schools, and Young People's Societies be urged to remit all Benevolent 
Funds in their hands to Mr. W. E. Price, No. 30 West Fifth Street, 
Charlotte, N. C, treasurer of Benevolent Funds of Mecklenburg Presby- 
tery, on the FIRST DAY OF EACH MONTH. 

9th, That where a church remits Benevolent Funds direct, that a 
monthly report be mailed to Mr. W. E. Price, so that the report of their 
church may be included in the quarterly reports sent out from the office 
of Synod's Secretary of Stewardship. 

10th. That church treasurers be instructed not to use Benevolent 
Funds for the purpose of paying Pastor's Salaries and Current Expenses, 
that such use of money is a misappropriation of trust funds, and results in 
reducing the contributions of the members when they discover that such 
is the practice of the treasurer, and we further recommend two treasurers 
for each church, one for Curent Expenses and the other for Benevolences, 
and that the funds be kept entirely separate and distinct. 

11th. That pastors and church officers give greater diligence to 
bringing men and women to understand the command of Jesus when He 
said, "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven," so that our members 
may receive the joy of giving in this life and the reward in the life to 
come. 

12th. That the Men-of-the-Church, Woman's Auxiliaries, Sunday 
Schools, and Young People's Societies be urged to give careful thought to 
the five departments of the Progressive Program. 1st, Spiritual Life; 
2nd, Evangelism and Missions ; 3rd, Christian Training ; 4th, Stewardship ; 
5th, Christian Social Service, and that as these departments contain the 
entire work of the Church that they consider their promotion to be their 
principle task. 

13th. That in conformity with the action of Synod, taken at its 
meeting in Statesville, that this Presbytery assume for the year beginning 



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January 1, 1927, as its part of the expenses of the Stewardship office of 
Synod the sum of $1,415, that $1,039 of this amount be included in the 
expenses of Presbytery, that the Presbyterial assessment be raised so as 
to include this amount, and that $376 of the aforesaid $1,415 be paid by 
the Presbytery's Home Mission Committee. That the separate treasurers 
of these funds are hereby instructed to remit one-twelfth of these amounts 
each month to the Synod's Secretary of Stewardship. 

The report was adopted as amended, and a committee 
was appointed to determine what the Presbyterial assess- 
ment should be, to report at the adjourned meeting of Pres- 
bytery, December 6, 1926. The committee is the Stated 
Clerk, Rev. G. F. Bell, D.D., and Elder W. E. Price. See 
sheet pasted in back of Minutes for report of Every Mem- 
ber Canvass. 

By common consent, the report of the Executive Com- 
mittee of Home Missions was read and referred to the 
Standing Committee on Presbyterial Home Missions. 

The Committee on Schools and Colleges submitted its 
report, which was adopted together with the reports from 
Queens College, and Davidson College in conection with 
which Dr. W. H. Frazer, President of Queens College was 
heard in the interest of that school. 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg : 

As chairman of your Committee on Schools and Colleges I beg leave 
to report as follows : 

All the schools with which the Presbytery is officially connected are 
full to overflowing, and perhaps, with the exception of Union Seminary, 
have had to turn away scores of applicants. While conditions are 
highly encouraging and gratifying, it lays upon our Church a respon- 
sibility that it could meet and ought to meet, but there seems to be no 
prospect of its so doing. The educational needs of those who are turned 
away are just as important as of those who have obtained entrance into 
our schools, and the Church will lose in the future from its failure to 
meet these demands far more than we can estimate. 

Davidson College should be greatly enlarged to meet the growing 
demands, or another similar institution for men begun, perhaps as a junior 
college, but with a view to having its standard raised in the future. 

Queens College, though gratifyingly successful in its canvass for 
funds, is still in need of additional endowment and equipment. 

Our school at Albemarle is struggling against a want of equipment 
that is not creditable to our denomination. 

The income of Union Seminary is inadequate to meet the expenses 
consequent upon the increase in the number of students, and the capacity 
of the Assembly's Training School could be doubled without being too 
large to meet the demands of the Church. 

These conditions call urgently for earnest prayer in behalf of this 
cause and for greater faithfulness in its support. 



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Attached to this report is a communication from the President of 
the Board of Trustees of Queens College, that calls for most earnest 
consideration. 

It may appear a small matter in comparison with the income neces- 
sary for the support of our schools, but their continued ability to main- 
tain their A-grade standard may depend on a small margin. Pastors, sup- 
plies and church treasurers are urged to see that this cause shall receive 
the full quota of the budget for benevolences, and that the funds for 
this cause be sent to Mr. F. L. Jackson to be distributed by him in the 
proportions ordered by Synod, instead of being sent to the Presbyterial 
treasurer. 

Attention is called to the action of Synod's increasing the percentage 
assigned to the junior colleges and to the secondary schools. 

W. R. COPPEDGE, Chairman. 

REPORT OF QUEENS COLLEGE 

Dear Brethren: 

As President of the Board of Trustees of Queens College, I desire to 
give you an account of the institution as to its opening and the prospect 
for the current session. 

There have been enrolled to date 324 students, 163 of whom are 
boarders and 161 of whom are day pupils. The strictest standards have 
been adhered to in the reception of these students. Some were turned 
away because they could not meet the entrance requirements, and others 
were turned away because of a lack of dormitory facilities. The largest 
number in the history of the institution was enrolled at the opening of 
college, and only two or three have hitherto withdrawn, which is also a 
unique experience. 

The college is manned by 29 teachers, and the total faculty pay roll 
in actual cash outlay is $50,850. Adding the expense of board and room 
the pay roll will run to about $63,000. All teachers are well equipped for 
their tasks and have been selected with a view to their soundness in the 
faith and their spiritual life, as well as from the standpoint of their 
scholarship. 

The financial prospect for the current session is as follows : 

Old accounts $ 2,627.00 

New accounts 94,890.00 

Income from other sources 10,000.00 

$107,517.00 

Scholarships and discounts $ 10,000.00 

Faculty pay roll 50,850.00 

Approximate expense for 9 months 40,000.00 

Surplus 6,667.00 

$107,517.00 

We have collected on the above $21,060.00 and have cash in bank at 
present, $11,677.16. We have collected on Endowment, $85,271.76, and 
every bit of it, excepting the actual expense of raising and collecting 
endowment, has been invested by the investing committee and is yielding 
now an income at the rate of 6 per cent. 



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The greatest need of the institution at present, so far as physical 
equipment is concerned, is a combination dining room and dormitory, and 
we believe that it will be wisdom to secure such a building for the insti- 
tution before the opening of next session. Another need is increase in 
endowment. If these two needs can be promptly met, the future of your 
institution is exceedingly bright. 

The department of Bible and Religious Education has been enlarged 
and now commands the full time of Dr. Charles W. Somerville, and 
part time of Dr. George Fisher Bell, and is doing a very helpful and a 
very creditable work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. A. McGEACHY, 
President Board of Trustees. 

REPORT OF TRUSTEES OF DAVIDSON COLLEGE 

Your Stated Clerk has called our attention to an item on your regular 
docket, providing for report of Trustees of Colleges. 

In compliance with this suggestion, permit us to say that your rep- 
resentatives on the Board of Trustees of Davidson College do attend the 
meeting of said board regularly, and we believe the college to be operated 
in the highest state of efficiency, and that it has in attendance a body of 
students which will compare favorably with that of any institution of 
which we have knowledge. 

One of your Trustees, R. A. Dunn, is Chairman of the Finance Com- 
mittee, having in charge the investment of the college's permanent funds. 
Another of your Trustees, H. N. Pharr, acts as attorney for the college ; 
these Trustees being members of the Executive Committee and acting 
more frequently on other committees, and are constantly in touch with 
the college's business affairs. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OR DAVIDSON 
COLLEGE, ELECTED BY MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY. 

The Committee of Assembly's Minutes, Rev. J. F. Ligon 
and G. F. Bell, D.D., reported that nothing in those minutes 
required our attention at this time. 

Revs. J. R. Bridges, D.D., and J. G. Garth were heard in 
the interest of the Presbyterian Standard. 

The Judicial Committee made its report v^hich was 
adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE 

Your Committee respectfully reports that the only matter which has 
come before it for consideration is the report to this Presbytery from the 
Faculty of Union Theological Seminary concerning one of its students 
from Mecklenburg Presbytery, who was recently charged in a court of 
Chesterfield County, Va., with disorderly conduct, but was acquitted and 
discharged upon a full disclosure of the facts. Later, when after investi- 
gation by the Faculty of the Seminary, it was found that the charges 
were not sustained, he was admonished "concerning his gross carelessness" 



24 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

and was reprimanded for a "lapse" from conduct becoming a Christian 
minister. 

After considering all the facts as presented in the Seminary's report 
and the accompanying papers and strong testimonials of unblemished 
character hitherto, your committee, while deploring the incident in the 
career of this young man, is of the opinion that the whole circumstances 
have been adequately and wisely dealt with by the Faculty of the Seminary 
and that no further action in the premises is necessary, and therefore 
recommends that the disposition of the matter made by the Seminary be 
approved and concurred in, and that the thanks of this Presbytery be ex- 
tended to the Faculty for its thorough-going investigation and report to 
this body. 

S. B. McLean, chairman, 
J. M. WALKER, 
W. B. BRADFORD, 

Judicial Committee. 

The request for one hour at the Spring Meeting of Pres- 
bytery on second afternoon following election of commis- 
sioners to General Assembly was granted to the Committee 
on Religious Education. 

The report of the Committee on Records of Presbytery 
was submitted and adopted as follows : 

Your committee have examined the records of Presbytery and find 
satisfactory evidence that they have been carefully recorded and put in 
printed form for preservation and circulation. And we further would say 
that in our judgment the Presbytery made a wise choice in the selection of 
Rev. J. G. Garth as successor to Rev. C. C. Anderson, who resigned as 
Stated Clerk last spring. 

Respectfully submitted, 

G. C. HUNTINGTON. 

J. O. STANCIL. 

A. F. TIDDY. 

Leave of Absence Committee reported that 19 memoers 
of Presbytery had asked to be excused. A total of 76 at- 
tended Presbytery. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON VACANCY AND SUPPLY 

The committee's report was adopted as follows : 
The General Assembly's Committee of Vacancy and Supply is ren- 
dering efficient service to preachers and churches throughout our whole 
territory. Because of the confidential nature of its work, it is impossi- 
ble to give definite statistics of what it has been enabled to accomplish. 
But we commend this branch of our church work to all who may be in 
need of its services. Its functions may be defined, very briefly, in the 
following letter from Dr. J. D. Leslie, Stated Clerk of the Assembly; 
and we desire to incorporate it in our report. 
To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg : 

We wish to call your atention to the service we are trying to render 
the Church through the Bureau of Vacancy and Supply. The Bureau is 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 25 

operating strictly along the lines outlined by the Assembly in its estab- 
lishment. In the two years of its operation it has served over 300 min- 
isters or 20 per cent of the active pastors and supplies. It has also served 
about 275 churches. There have always been more ministers registered 
than churches. Ministers are from every Synod in the Assembly. While 
the churches listed are widely scattered over the Church, we are not 
receiving replies from all the Chairmen of Presbyterial Committees on 
Vacancy and Supply. Our letters of inquiry are not answered in every 
case. Even if the Presbytery has no self-sustaining vacant churches, we 
would be glad to have this information. We shall be glad to furnish 
postage if necessary. Our experience has been that not a single church 
has replied to our inquiries saying they did not desire our services. In 
every instance they have thanked us and asked for a continuation of it. 
Some churches are writing us direct for assistance. 

May we not have your continued co-operation and assistance? If we 
can serve you in any way, please write us. 

Very cordially yours, 

J. D. LESLIE, Stated Clerk. 

/ 

Presbytery's Committee of Vacancy and Supply has endeavored to 

be of service in this direction. However, no minister asking a change 

in his work, and no church seeking a pastor, has requested us to register 

their names with Assembly's Committee. 

Within the bounds of our Presbytery, in every case where there has 
been a vacancy, we have proflfered our services ; and we have had the 
privilege of serving on several occasions. We have received a great many 
requests from ministers asking that their names be placed before vacant 
churches ; and we have always done so, giving what information we had 
to the pulpit committee. 

It will be our pleasure to serve you to the best of our ability. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. A. WALKER, for Committee. 

The report of the Committee on Sabbath Observance and 
Family Religion was adopted as follows : 

1. That pastors and churches seize the opportunity of securing most 
wholesome and inspiring literature at the headquarters of the Lord's Day 
Alliance, at New York, and of Mr. R. E. Magill, Richmond, Va., and 
that they call the attention of their people to this exceptional opportunity ; 
especially the magazine the Lord's Day Leader, and a booklet for use in 
family prayer, prepared by Mr. Magill. 

2. That the annual offering for the Lord's Day Alliance ordered by 
the General Assembly on the last Sabbath of October be taken. 

CALLS AND SUPPLIES 

Your Committee on Calls and Supplies respectfully submits the fol- 
lowing report: 

We recommend : 

1. That Rev. M. E. Peabody be given permission to supply Newell's 
Church until the next stated meeting of Presbytery. 



26 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

2. That the call from Rockingham Church for the pastoral services 
of Rev. T. M. Stribling, at salary of $2,000 per year and manse, be found 
in order and placed in his hands. 

3. That the calls from Cornelius and Bethel Churches for the pas- 
toral services of Rev. W. T. Smith, at salary of $500 per year, and $1,000 
per year, respectively, be found in order, with the following exceptions : 
The call from Cornelius does not include the name of the man for whose 
services the call is made ; and the call from Bethel does not state that the 
ones signing the call were authorized to do so by the congregation. 

We recommend further that these corrections be made and the calls 
placed in Brother Smith's hands. 

4. That the call from West Avenue Church for the pastoral services 
of Rev. P. W. Wilson be placed in the hands of the Stated Clerk of 
Presbytery until Brother Wilson shall have been received into the 
Presbytery. 

5. That the call from Seversville Church for the pastoral services of 
Rev. B. F. Yandell be placed in the hands of the Stated Clerk of the 
Presbytery until Brother Yandell shall have been received into the 
Presbytery. 

6. That Dr. W. H. Frazer be given permission to supply Mallard 
Creek until next stated meeting of Presbytery. 

7. That Rev. A. S. Anderson be given permission to supply Badin 
and Palestine Churches until next stated meeting of Presbytery. 

8. That Licentiate T. F. Grier be given permission to supply Wax- 
haw and Six-Mile Creek Churches until the Spring meeting of Presbytery. 

C. H. ROWAN, Chairman. 

Rev. T. M. Stribling accepted the call to the Rockingham 
Church, and the following commission was appointed to install 
him at date selected by the commission : Rev. Lynn R. Walker, 
D.D., to preside, preach and propound the constitutional ques- 
tions; Rev. W. R. Coppedge, D.D., to charge the pastor; Rev. 
C. E. White to charge the congregation ; Ruling Elders J. E. 
McLaughlin and A. N. Graham completing the commission. 

Rev. W. H. Johnston accepted the call to Amity, and the 
following were appointed a commission to install him : Rev. 
A. S. Johnson, D.D., Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., Rev. L. W. 
Brown, and Ruling Elder W. E. Price, the members to choose 
their own parts and date. 

Rev. W. T. Smith accepted the calls to Bethel and Cornelius 
and the following commission was appointed to install him on 
November 21st: Rev. J. W. Grier to preside, preach and pro- 
pound the questions; Rev. R. S. Burwell to charge the pastor, 
and Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine to charge the people. 

Rev. A. H. Atkins, D.D., asked that his pastoral relation with 
Unionville and Bethlehem be disolved, and on representation 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 27 

of the willingness of the church to this dissolution, by Rev. A. 
A. Walker, Superintendent of Home Missions, the Presbytery 
dissolved the relation. 

The report of the Standing Committee of Presbyterial Home 
Missions, which reviewed the report of the Executive Committee 
on Home Misions, was adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE ON PRESBYTERIAL 
HOME MISSIONS 

Your Standing Committee on Presbyterial Home Missions to 
which was referred the report of the Executive Committee would 
respectfully report : 

That the work in our judgment has been prosecuted with dili- 
gence and an encouraging degree of success. 

We would call special attention to the large number of profes- 
sions of faith and additions to the Home Mission churches as a 
result of the evangelistic meetings conducted by pastors and the 
superintendent of Home Missions during the summer, and to the 
many material improvements made upon church manse properties. 

We recommend : 

1. That adoption of the Executive Committee's report and the 
recommendations and that they be published in Presbytery's min- 
utes. 

2. That special consideration by the Executive Committee be 
given to the pledge made the Troy Church and that money be 
secured if possible by the next stated meeting in order that the 
Church may go forward with its building program. 

3. That Presbytery approve the securing of a Permanent 
Church and Manse Erection Fund of $25,000 to be loaned to weak 
churches at a low rate of interest to help them in their building 
programs and the method of raising the Fund be left to the Exec- 
utive Committee. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LYNN R. WALKER, Chairman. 

VANCE SYKES. 

C. B. GRIER. 

J. P. SAMPLE, Committee. 

REPORT OF PRESBYTERY'S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF 

HOME MISSIONS TO MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

AT BANK'S CHURCH, OCTOBER 26, 1926 

Your Committee of Home Missions would submit the following 
report upon the work under its care for the first six months of this 
year. While there are no outstanding achievements to which we 
may point as peculiarly marking this period of our work, still it has 
been in the main a most busy summer with most of the men, and on 
the whole they have been doing fine work. It has been a revival 
season in the Home Mission fields and a great many have been 
added to the Church as the report on Evangelism will show. It has 



28 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

been a period of re-adjustment in many fields owing to the changing 
of pastors in some cases and difficult problems arising in others. 
Our Superintendent has been busy aiding in the securing of men for 
the vacant fields as they have arisen, and in helping both pastors 
and people and solve their problems as they have been confronted 
with them. We look for a great advance in the work as soon as all 
these re-adjustments are made. 

We now have under the care of this committee 47 churches, as 
against 43 last year, Marks Creek, Morven, Lilesville, and Camden 
having been added to the list. The last three formerly grouped 
with Wadesboro have been formed into a new group, and they are 
now seeking' a man for his whole time. We are asking that you 
approve this grouping at this meeting of Presbytery. Counting the 
six churches in the Ellerbe group as one group (these six churches 
are served by a minister and a layman) these 47 churches are 
grouped into 19 separate pastoral charges. In addition there are 
some half-dozen mission points grouped with these charges. Just 
now four fields are vacant: Candor, Biscoe, and Macedonia; Rober- 
del, Brainard, Cameronian, and Marks Creek; Ellerbe, Mt. Carmel, 
and Norman; Morven, Lilesville, and Camden. 

Since our last stated meeting the Church at Candor has entered 
its handsome new church building. The same is true with the 
Cpiurch of the Plaza in Charlotte, and the Norman Church. All 
these churches are to be congratulated for their elegant buildings. 
It promises a new day for them and their work. 

The Church at Troy has laid the foundation for their new build- 
ing but there it stands, as it has stood for theses twelve months, a 
constant reminder to us that we have not given them the prom- 
ised help of $2,000 long over-due and without which they cannot 
go forward. The Robinson manse will be completed as soon as the 
$500 promised them by Synod is received. The Marshville Church 
is planning at this time to build a manse to cost about $3,000. The 
Wilmore Church with the consent of the Home Mission Committee 
has sold their old church and bought a new lot further out on 
Mint Street for $3,600. Here they are planning to erect a new 
building to cost about $15,000. 

The following congregations are in sore need of church build- 
ings : Biscoe, Star, McLean Memorial, and Rourks Chapel. And 
these need manses immediately : Marshville, Morven, Candor, and 
Robinson. Churches in the Home Mission field that are carrying 
heavy debts for their church buildings are : Candor, Marshville, 
Ellerbe, Plaza, and Troy; for manses, Roberdel and Robinson. 

The report of the Committee on Thanks submitted its 
report and the report was adopted das follows : 

RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg, in session at Banks Church, is deeply 
sensible of the many kindnesses shown by the good people of this church. 
Our bodies as well as our spirits have been refreshed while in their midst. 

Therefore be it resolved : 

(1) That this Presbytery express its heartfelt hanks to the beloved 
pastor and to the members of the church for the royal reception and gen- 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 29 

erous hospitality so graciously bestowed on us during our sojourn in their 
midst. 

(2) That this resolution be read from the pulpit at the next regular 
service. 

(Signed) L. W. BROWN. 

The Albemarle First Church was selected as the place 
for the Spring meeting of Presbytery, Tuesday, April 12, 
1927. 

Rev. C. G. Long, the Stated Clerk, and Elder J. A. Little 
were appointed as Committee on Arrangements for Spring 
meeting. 

Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., was appointed to preach the 
Presbyterial sermon at the Spring meeting on the subject, 
"The Episcopal Authority of the Presbytery," or "Presby- 
terian Law." 

An adjourned meeting was set for December 6th at 
Charlotte, First Church, at 2 p. m. 

Roll call was dispensed with and after the reading and 
approval of the Minutes Presbytery adjourned with the 
singing of a hymn and prayer. 

R. J. McILWAINE, Moderator. 

J. W. STORK, Permanent Qerk. 

C. G. LONG, Temporary Clerk. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



30 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

ADJOURNED MEETING 

Charlotte, N. C, July 5, 1926 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met pursuant to adjournment, 
at 2 p. m., July 5th, at First Church, Charlotte. The Mod- 
erator, Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D., presided and asked 
Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., to open the Presbytery w^ith 
prayer. Rev. S. B. McLean was chosen as Temporary Clerk. 

Roll 

Ministers: Q. N. Huneycutt, Moderator; J. G. Garth, 
Stated Clerk ; S. B. McLean, Temporary Clerk ; W. R. Cop- 
pedge, C. W. Somerville, R. J. Mcllv^aine, W. B. Mcllwaine, 
Jr., H. E. Gurney, W. S. Hamiter, S. A. Ewart, J. C. Mc- 
Geehee, B. B. Shankel, A. A. Walker, C. H. Little, J. F. 
Ligon, G. C. Huntington, W. C Underwood, J. M. Walker, 
C. H. Little, J. F. Ligon, J. M. Walker, L. W. Brown. 

Ruling Elders: M. E. Trotter, Plaza; O. W. Potts, 
Banks ; G. A. Todd, Paw Creek ; T. F. Black, Sharon ; W. A. 
Jamison, West Avenue ; M. W. Woodside, Caldwell Memo- 
rial ; R. J. Belk, Waxhaw; J. W. Pharr, Second Church; F. 
S. Neal, Sugar Creek. 

Rev. C. H. Rowan was received from Fayetteville Pres- 
bytery, after the usual examination, and calls for his serv- 
ices as pastor were read from Paw Creek Church, at a salary 
of $1,800 and the manse, and from Cook's Memorial Church 
at a salary of $600 per annum, both salaries payable quar- 
terly. Mr. Rowan accepted the calls. The committee to 
install him was appointed as follows : Rev. J. G. Garth, to 
preside, preach and propound the constitutional questions, 
at Paw Creek Church on July 18th, at 11 a. m.. Ruling Elder 
W. E. Price to charge the pastor, and Rev. J. M. Walker to 
charge the people. The service at Cook's Memorial to be 
at 3 p. m., with Rev. J. G. Garth presiding and assigning the 
parts to all participants. 

Rockingham Church was granted permission to prose- 
cute a call for the pastoral services of Rev. T. M. Stribling, 
before Augusta Presbytery. 

Caldwell Memorial Church asked permission to change 
the terms of its call for the services of Rev. G. F. Bell, D.D., 
to $3,600, which was granted. 



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Rev. B. F. Yandedll, of Asheville Presbytery, was invited 
to sit as a visiting brother. 

The following commissioners to the General Assembly 
at Pensacola in May, 1926, reported attendance on the meet- 
ings and were commended for their diligence : Revs. J. F. 
Ligon and R. J. Mcllwaine, Ruling Elders, M. W. Woodside 
and F. S. Neal. 

At the request of certain members, conveyed to Presby- 
tery by the session of the church at Sharon, a committee 
was appointed to inquire into the state of religion in that 
church. The committee is as follows : Rev. G. F. Bell, D.D., 
chairman. Rev. J. F. Ligon and Ruling Elder F. S. Neal. 
The committee is to report its finding to Presbytery. 

At the request of Mark's Creek Church, the minutes and 
roll of Presbytery were amended to note that Rev. W. R. 
Coppedge, D.D., is pastor emeritus of that congregation. 

The resolution was adopted at the request of the session 
of Pegram StSreet Church : 

Whereas, the title of Pegram Street Church building, located at the 
corner of Pegram Street and St. George Street, Charlotte, N. C, is 
vested in the trustees of Presbytery, according to the records of Mecklen- 
burg County, Register of Deeds ofifice. 

Whereas, the Session of Pegram Street Church has requested 
through the representative appointed for the purpose, Mr. M. E, Trotter, 
that he aforesaid property be legally transferred to the trustees of the 
church. 

Be it resolved. That this request be granted and the trustees of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery are hereby instructed to formally transfer the 
title of the property aforesaid to the trustees of Pegram Street Church, 
namely, J. B. Caddell, W. B. Blount, T. E. Wingate, giving them a war- 
ranty deed in fee simple. 

Rev. S. B. McLean was elected Secretary of Steward- 
ship for the Presbytery. 

The standing rule was set aside, and Presbytery ad- 
journed to meet at the First Church, Charlotte, at 2 p. m., 
on Monday, September 6, 1926. 

The minutes were read and approved and Presbytery ad- 
journed with prayer by Rev. C. H. Little. 

Q. N. HUNEYCUTT, Moderator. 
S. B. McLEAN, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



32 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

ADJOURNED MEETING 

First Church, Charlotte, Sept. 6, 1926. 

Mecklenburg- Presbytery met in adjourned session in the 
First Church, Charlotte, N. C, September 6, 1926, at 2 p. m. 

The following" were present : 

Ministers: Q. N. Huneycutt, J. G. Garth, S. B. Lyerly, 
W. T. Smith, A. A. Walker, J. W. Grier, J. F. Ligon, A. S. 
Johnson, J. C. McGehee, A. H. Atkins, R. W. Culbertson, C. 
W. Somerville, S. B. McLean, C. C. Beam, C. H. Rowan, 
W. B. S. Chandler, C. E. White, W. H. Johnston, W. S. 
Hamiter, H. E. Gurney, J. M. Walker, W. H. Frazer, L E. 
Wallace, C. H. Little, G. C. Huntington, R. J. Mcllwaine, 
W. B. Mcllwaine, L. W. Brown, T. F. Huneycutt, B. B. 
Shankel, W. C. Underwood. — 31. 

Elders: C B. Cross, Robinson; M. W, Woodside, Cald- 
well Memorial ; F. S. Neal, Sugaw Creek; W. H. Belk, Mon- 
roe ; J. W. Pharr, Second Church, Charlotte ; W. L. Summer- 
ville, Thomasboro ; J. N. Lee, Philadelphia ; R. O. Robinson, 
Seversville ; O. W. Potts, Banks ; W. C. Barnett, Pineville ; 
John Kuck, Amity; J. A. Mclntyre, EUerbe.— 12. 

Rev. C. E. White opened the mee'ting with the prayer at 
the call of the Moderator, Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D., and 
Rev. S. B. Lyerly was elected Temporary Clerk. 

Rev. J. G. Garth asked for the dissolution of his pastor- 
ate with the Seversville and Thomasboro churches that he 
might become a member of the staff of the church paper, 
the Presbyterian Standard. After the churches were heard 
from by their representatives, the request was granted. 

Rev. C. E. White and Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., reported 
their attendance on the General Assembly. Their reports 
were received and their diligence commended. 

The report of the committee on the status of the Stanley 
Hall property was received and adopted, the committee to 
be continued till they report the deeds conveying the prop- 
erty have been recorded. The report is as follows : 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg, meeting in adjourned session at First 

Church, Charlotte, N. C, Sept. 6, 1926: 

The Trustees of Stanley Hall respectfully make report to the Pres- 
bytery that, pursuant to the order of Presbytery, made at its 112th Stated 
Session, held at Thomasboro, in September, 1925, as appears on page 6 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 33 

of the minutes of said session, a deed of conveyance was duly prepared 
and executed by said Trustees of Stanley Hall conveying to the Trustees 
of Mecklenburg Presbytery the property and rights described in and 
referred to in said minutes, and which they were directed to convey to the 
Trustees of the Presbytery, and that such deed, duly signed and probated, 
was delivered to Mr. W. H. Belk, one of the Trustees of the Presbytery, 
some months since. 

Respectfully submitted, 

S. B. McLEAN, 
For the Committee. 

Rev. S. B. McLean asked to be excused from the sub- 
committee of the Religious Education Committee, namely, 
that of Sunday School Extension, which was granted, the 
place to be filled by the nominating committee at the reg- 
ular fall meeting. The resignation was accepted. 

Thomas F. Wallace, a member of Plaza Presbyterian 
Church, appeared as an applicant for reception for the min- 
istry. After his testimonials were read, and an examination 
on piety and motives for seeking the ministry, Mr. Wallace 
was accepted as a candidate, and commended to the commit- 
tee of Education for the ministry. A charge was delivered 
by Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, and the Presbytery was led in 
prayer by Rev. A. S. Johnson, D.D., in behalf of the young 
man. 

Rev. W. T. Smith requested that his pastoral relation 
with Cameronian, Roberdell, and Brainerd churches be dis- 
solved. After hearing messages from the churches con- 
curring with the pastor, the request was granted. Mr. Smith 
was given permission to supply the churches of Bethel and 
Cornelius. 

Rev. W. H. Johnston asked to be permitted to return the 
calls of the Ellerbe, Mt. Carmel, and Norman churches, 
which request was granted. A call for Mr. Johnston's serv- 
ices to Amity, Church, at $2,000 per year and the use of a 
manse was found in order and placed in his hands. He ac- 
cepted the call, but asked to defer the arrangements for the 
installation till later, which request was granted. 

The special committee appointed to bind the minutes of 
Presbytery which were unbound, reported the work done, 
and the committee asked, through its chairman, that it be 
continued till further arrangements are made for the pre- 
servation of the minutes. The report was received and the 
committee continued. The minutes are at present in the 



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office of the register of deed of Mecklenburg County, kept 
in his fireproof vault. 

After the reading of the minutes Presbytery adjourned 
to meet September 20th, in First Church, Charlotte, at 2 
p. m., which action was understood as a laying aside of the 
standing rule to have only two adjourned meetings between 
stated sessions. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer by the Moderator. 

Q. N. HUNEYCUTT, Moderator. 

S. B. LYERLY, Temporary Clerk. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



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ADJOURNED MEETING 

First Church, Charlotte, Sept., 20, 1926. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session at the 
First Church, Charlotte, N. C, on Monday, September 20, 
1926, at 2 p. m. 

The following were present : 

Ministers: Q. N. Huneycutt, J. G. Garth, R. S. Burwell, 
A. A. Walker, W. H. Frazer, R. W. Culbertson, L. W. 
Brown, W. H. Johnston, W. C. Underwood, J. R. Bridges, 
A. A. McGeachy, H. E. Gurnev, W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., R. J. 
Mcllwaine, J. W. Stork, C. H. Rowan, J. W. Grier, C. H. 
Little, S. A. Ewart, G. C. Huntington, J. M. Walker, C C 
Beam, J. C. McGehee, J. F. Ligon, A. S. Johnson, G. F. Bell, 
W. T. Smith, M. E. Peabody. 

Ruling Elders: J. W. Pharr, Second Church, Charlotte; 
N. O. Alexander, Matthews; T. F. Black, Sharon; E. J. 
Simms, Rehoboth ; H. S. Alexander, Providence ; W. A. 
Jamison, West Avenue ; M. W. Wodsides, Caldwell Memo- 
rial. 

The meeting was opened with prayer by Rev. R. S. Bur- 
well. Rev. H. C. Carmichael, of Concord Presbytery, and 
Rev. H. W. McLaughlin, D.D., of Lexington Presbytery, 
were invited to sit as visiting brethren. 

The Stated Clerk asked permission to fill out the blank 
report for Synod and submit it as from Presbytery, which 
was granted. 

The committee appointed to inquire into the state of 
religion at Sharon Church reported, and after full discus- 
sion, the report was adopted as read. The report is as 
follows : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE TO INQUIRE INTO THE STATE OF 
RELIGION IN SHARON CHURCH 

Saturday, September 4th, as soon after the vacation season as was 
feasible, the two acting members of this committee went to Sharon 
Church and spent practically the entire day in careful and sympathetic 
conference with both parties to the controversy there. After reviewing 
the information thus secured we prepared our report to Presbytery and 
returned to Sharon Thursday, September i6th, for further conference 
and prayer, submitting our report to the consideration of both parties, and 
revising it. We now offer it to Presbytery, having done our best to be 
fair and impartial, and praying earnestly that we may be used to heal the 



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breach and foster the future unity and fruitfulness of this old, honored 
and well beloved congregation. 

We found a serious division existing between the session of the 
church and the old board of deacons and their sympathizers. This con- 
troversy arose over differences of rather small importance, but increased 
with time and discussion till the board of deacons had resigned and a new 
one had been elected in their place, and strong feeling had been engen- 
dered on both sides to the dispute. One of the elders has also resigned. 
As in almost all such cases, we believe that there is merit and demerit on 
both sides. Honest mistakes have been made, out of the heat of contro- 
versy unfortunate remarks have issued and have been repeated, misunder- 
standings have arisen, the significance of actions and remarks has been 
magnified, and an atmosphere of resentment and suspicion has been en- 
gendered in which things said or done by one party have been construed in 
their worst light and as of undue consequence by the other. All this has 
been as unfortunate as it has been natural and human. Beneath it all are 
issues of real importance. 

Both sides dealt with us most courteously, and we were distinctly 
impressed that both are honest men who love their Lord and their Church 
sincerely. Despite the tensity of feeling that exists, we earnestly hope 
and believe that Christian men and women who have so much in common 
will make mutual concessions, cease harboring and discussing differences 
and errors, accept correction in a Christian spirit, construe all their 
grievances charitably and try to forget them, and prayerfully unite in a 
loving and whole-hearted effort to carry forward under God the highest 
interests of old Sharon Church, dear as it is to all of them. 

With respect to the turning over to Sharon Church the title to the 
community house now held by the county, though the building stands on 
church land, we would modestly and lovingly suggest that the contention 
that the County Board of Commissioners should be asked to afford any 
in the township opportunity to object to such action before the title to 
this community property is turned over to Sharon Church, be acceded to, 
irrespective of whether or not this precise degree of prudence is actually 
considered necessary. 

In the matter of the election of legal trustees to hold title to church 
property, we believe this to have been most desirable, regardless of what 
had or had not been done in the past. It may be that the board of deacons 
were made to feel a closeness of supervision over them and a degree of 
distrust and criticism toward them which naturally aroused their feelings. 
We fear that the session approached the deacons on this matter with a 
lack of tact. But we believe that the deacons were unduly sensitive in 
considering the election of others than themselves as trustees as in itself 
a reflection upon their integrity, even though they had been acting as 
trustees informally for many years, and unwise in seriously objecting to it 
and in resigning their offices because of it. We believe that the propo- 
sition finally carried through March 28th, to elect three trustees, one 
elder, one deacon, and one private matter, was not intrinsically bad. 

In the election of these trustees, six, two of each class, were nomi- 
nated by the session ; and it is agreed by all that the congregation were 
duly informed that they might make other nominations. It is also agreed 
that they were not specifically told that the trustees did not have to consist 
of one elder, one deacon, and one private member, just because the 



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session had proposed it; and some have gained the impression that the 
session were dictatorial in this respect. We do not believe that the session 
intended to be, rather, that failure to make this option of the congregation 
plain was an oversight. The rights of the congregation might easily 
have been inferred from a general knowledge of elemental church law, the 
recommendation of the session challenged, and different action proposed. 
This was not done. Therefore we think it best and for the peaceful in- 
terests of the church that this election should stand. 

There has been disagreement with respect to the degree of authority 
exercised by the board of deacons. Our Book specifically provides that 
the deacons shall have the care of the church property, not that they shall 
hold the title to it or be free to dispose of it. It also provides that "In 
matters of special importance affecting the property of the church they 
can not take final action without the consent of the congregation." Also 
that "In the discharge of their duties the deacons are under the super- 
vision and authority of the session." Certamly that supervision should 
be exercised with respect and tact. And "matters of special importance" 
is a relative term susceptible of variable interpretation and in practice 
variously interpreted by different congregations in proportion to their size 
and the amount of property and funds administered. It is impossible for 
outsiders to say just what policy should prevail in a given case in a local 
situation. 

In general, we think a session and congregation should trust a board 
of deacons and appreciate their labor of love, and not be too quick to 
take exception to their administration ; on the other hand, that a board of 
deacons should be forward to consult the session and congregation when- 
ever they have the least doubt of their authority or of the acceptability 
of their proposed action. Such overlapping of mutual consideration, we 
are persuaded, will make for harmony and good feeling. 

In this connection it might be said that, while the deacons feel that 
they have been ignored and belittled and the session feel that their au- 
thority has been flaunted, we believe it would have cheered the deacons to 
hear the unanimity with which the session expressed their unbounded 
confidence to an almost all-inclusive extent in the old board of deacons, 
and that any lack of consultation and co-operation on the part of the 
deacons has been due to ruffled feelings or to misguidance rather than to 
any fundamental lack of respect. 

After the controversy had grown warm the deacons presented a 
(paper one Sunday morning, which was read from the pulpit and immedi- 
ately after service discussed by the congregation. A motion was then 
made and carried to call a congregational meeting two weeks later to dis- 
cuss this paper and the matters at issue. The deacons except to the fact 
that this meeting was never held. The meeting in which this motion was 
carried was purely informal, was not an officially called congregational 
meeting, and had no authority. The announcement of a congregational 
meeting on the basis of this action was premature. It might seem that 
the session should have called the congregational meeting for two weeks 
later, seeing that the people evidently expected it. On the other hand, they 
may very well have felt that throwing this dispute into the open congre- 
gation for discussion would have served only to widen the breach and to 
make bad matters worse. One thing is clear : the session are under com- 
pulsion to call a congregational meeting only on the written request of 
one-fourth of the communicant members. As no such request was before 
them, no official complaint can hold against them in this matter. 



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March 11th — The session suspended from the exercise of office 
Deacon W. R. Lee on grounds which convinced them that such action 
should be taken. They appear to have beHeved that they could do this 
without bringing against this brother formal charges. But it is clear to 
your committee that this was a sentence passed upon this official without 
first citing him to appear and defend himself against formal charges in 
direct violation of our Book, paragraphs 194 and 195. We believe that 
the session seriously erred here and therefore formally recommend to 
Presbytery that this verdict be herewith set aside. As Mr. Lee subse- 
quently resigned his office and the resignation was accepted by the session, 
this leaves his status, along with the other old deacons, that of a private 
member. 

On May 23rd, at a regularly called congregational meeting, four new 
deacons were elected. On the morning of their ordination and installation, 
May 30th, a protest against the validity of their election, signed by 44 
members of the church, was handed the pastor, Mr. Little, after service 
had started, when it was too late for it to be considered. It seems that 
two of the old deacons, after Sunday School that morning, had asked the 
pastor and one or two of the elders if there was to be a session meeting 
before church, saying that they had a matter of business to present. They 
were told that there probably would be such a meeting, and that they would 
be informed. But the meeting was not held. It appears, however, that 
almost immediately the bell-ringer called the congregation to service, the 
hour having arrived, so that there was no opportunity for a meeting of 
the session. We do not know whether the session were as considerate in 
this matter as in all the circumstances they might have been expected to be 
or not. But we are confident that a matter of such vital importance should 
have been presented to them earlier, that there might have been time to 
consider and act upon it before the eleventh hour. 

When these four new deacons were elected, a motion to proceed to 
such election was made and the tellers declared the vote to be a tie, 41 to 
41. The pastor, moderating the meeting, then broke the tie by voting to 
proceed. In connection with the protest to which reference has just been 
made, affidavits were offered to the effect that four others counted the 
vote and believe that the motion was lost 41 to 47. Objection has also 
been made to the youthfulness of the tellers appointed for an occasion so 
critical. We believe that the pastor had no wrong intent whatever in this 
matter. But we believe that it was inexpedient for him to break the tie, 
that he should rather have declined to vote and declared the motion to have 
been lost. We believe further that it was illegal for him to cast this de- 
ciding vote. Those passages in our Book which give a moderator this 
right refer to the action of a court of the church, of which body the mod- 
erator is necessarily a member. In a congregational meeting, on the other 
hand, it is specifically stated that the communing members of the par- 
ticular church only are entitled to vote. An ordained minister, be he the 
pastor or a visitor, is not a member of the particular church, but of the 
Presb)^ery only. It seems to us very clear, therefore, that he has no 
vote in the congregational meeting. That he should have we believe in- 
trinsically undesirable. In view of all these considerations — the youthful 
inexperience of the tellers, the serious dispute in the congregation over 
the result of the vote to proceed to an election, the inexpediency and 
illegality of the pastor's casting the deciding vote — and earnestly believing 
that such action will be for the future peace and welfare of Sharon 
Church, we recommend to Presbytery, without prejudice to any of the 



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parties involved, that this election and subsequent ordination and installa- 
tion be herewith declared null and void, and that Sharon Church be de- 
clared to be without a board of deacons in fact. 

When a meeting of this congregation shall be held to elect deacons, 
we believe that it will be for the peace and harmony of the church for it 
to be distinctly stated that, whatever number of deacons it be proposed to 
elect, the congregation has the full right to decide for itself how many 
shall be elected ; for the nominations to be made by secret ballot without 
the proposal of names from the floor, suitable provision being made to 
drop those who receive only a scattering vote ; for the congregation to 
enter upon this election only after careful instruction as to the duties and 
qualifications for this office, and earnest prayer for divine guidance ; and 
that for prudential reasons a minister, and some minister other than the 
pastor of the church, should in all the circumstances moderate this 
meeting. 

This report has been made somewhat lengthy in view of the critical 
situation and our earnest desire, if possible, to be both clear and helpful. 
We offer it to Presbytery in the prayerful hope that we may have been 
able to render constructive service. If adopted by Presbytery, we hope 
that all the brethren of Sharon will accede to it with mutual and charitable 
concessions, in the spirit of love and humility, and with an eye single to 
the glory of God and the highest welfare of old Sharon. 

In conclusion we recommend that the formal recommendations of this 
report, if adopted, be understood to be the official action of Presbytery 
and mandatory upon the Sharon session and congregation ; that the ex- 
pressions of belief and the suggestions of this report, if adopted, be under- 
stood to be the frank opinion and friendly counsel of Presbytery, 

G. F. BELL, 
F. S. NEAL, 

Committee. 

Revs. A. A. McGeachy, D.D., A. S. Johnson, D.D., and 
W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., requested that their votes against the 
adoption of the report might be recorded. 

The Stated Clerk, Rev. J. G. Garth, was appointed by 
Presbytery to visit Sharon Church, and inform them offi- 
cially of the action of Presbytery. 

The minutes were read and approved, and Presbytery 
adjourned to meet at Banks Church, October 26, at 10 a. m. 

Q. N. HUNEYCUTT, Moderator. 

J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 
Report of Every Member Canvas., Per Capita Conlribulion. « 
Benevolences and Benevolent Askings for Year 
■ April 1, 1927 




(Continued from inside front cover) 

14. Men's Work— P. S. Gilchrist, C P. Brown, H. J. Spencer, J. M. 
Oldham, J. P. Marsh, M. E. Trotter, J. M. Harris. 

15. Sessional Records— A. H. Atkins, R. S. Burwell, R. W. Culbert- 
son, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. T. Smith, and five Elders. 

16. Examinations: 

(i) Experimental Piety — The Moderator. 

(2) Academic Studies — R. W. Culbertson. 

(3) Languages — Latin Thesis and Greek Exegesis — C. W. Somer- 
ville, J. W. Grier. 

(4) Natural and Exact Sciences — H. E. Gurney, C. H. Little. 

(5) Mental and Moral Philosophy^ Logic and Rhetoric — W. H. 
Frazer, W. B. S. Chandler. 

(6) Theology — A. S. Johnson, A. A. McGeachy, W. R. Coppedge. 

(7) Church History— G. F. Bell, J. M. Walker. 

(8) Church Government and Sacraments — M. E. Peabody, R. S. 
Burwell. 

TRUSTEES OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

1. Davidson — R. A. Dunn, H. N. Pharr— terms expire 1928; A. A. 
McGeachy, J. W. Pharr, W. H. Belk — terms expire 1927. 

2. Queens— A. A. McGeachy, T. M. Glasgow, J. L. Choate, P. S. 
Gilchrist — terms expire 1928; J. Arthur Henderson, E. E. Jones, 
A. J. Crowell — terms expire 1929; E. A. McCausland, J. W. Mc- 
Clung, Hunter Marshall — terms expire 1927. 

3. Albemarle — M. J. Harris, A. C. Honeycutt, A. E. McCausland — 
terms expire 1928; R. J. Mcllwaine, F. S. Neal, W. H. Belk — ■ 
terms expire 1929; J. M. Harry, J. W. Stork, J. H. McCrae, Jno. 
McDowell, J. M. Morrow — terms expire 1927. 



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115th Stated Session, Albemarle, N. C. 
April 12-14, 1927 



Adjourned Meeting . . . . Charlotte, N. C, December 6, 1926 

Adjourned Meeting Charlotte, N. C, January 3, 1927 

Adjourned Meeting Sharon Church, January 20, 1927 

Called Meeting , Charlotte, N. C, February 7, 1927 

Adjourned Meeting Charlotte, N. C, March 7, 1927 

Next Stated Meeting . St. Paul's, Charlotte, N. C, 10 A. M,, Oct. 11, 1927 



DIRECTORY 

Rev. Lynn R. Walker, D.D Hamlet, N. C 

Rev. J. G Garth, Stated Clerk Charlotte, N C. 

Rev. J. W. Stork, Permanent Clerk Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

W E. Price, Treasurer Home Missions Charlotte, N. C. 

Trustees of Presbytery— W. H. Belk, H. C. Alexander, J. L. Choate. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Presbyter3r*s Home Missions — ^J. M. Walker, W. B. S. Chandler, C. 
H. Little, C. H. Rowan, C. G. Long, Lynn R. Walker, F. C. Neal, 
W. H. Belk, T. J. Smith, C P. Brown, W. E. Price, J. F. Ligon, 
Dr. R. H. Lafferty. 

PERMANENT COMMITTEES 

1. Fordiffn Missions — ^W. B. Mcllwaine, J. W. Grier, W. L. Wallis, 
J. Arthur Henderson, M. B. Spier. 

2. Assembly's Home Missions — ^J. F. Ligon, C. H. Little, A. S. 
Anderson, Jno. B. Ross. 

3. Christian Education and Ministerial Relief — J. W. Grier, L. W. 
Brown, J. W. McClung. 

4. Religrious Educationr-General Chairman: W. B. S. Chandler, 
(i) Children's Division: W. M. Wilcox, W. E. Price, M. E. 

Peabody. 

(2) Young People's Division : J. G. Garth, W. W. Moore, F, H. 
Bierman. 

(3) Leadership Training: W. S. Hamiter, S. B. Lyerly, H. J. 
Spencer. 

(4) Sunday School Extension : S. A. Ewart, G. M. Beaty, Dr. 
R. H. Lafferty. 

5. Bible Cause— S. B. Lyerly, J. W. Stork. 

6. Synod's Home Missions— L E. Wallace, B. B. Shankel, C H. 
Caldwell, D. S. Monteith. 

7. Orphans* Home — W. H. Johnston, R. W. Culbertson, Wm. 
Anderson, W. A. Jamison. 

8. Schools and College — ^J. R. Bridges, Beatty Faires, G. M. Rose, Jr. 

9. Sabbath and Family Religion — R. J. Mcllwain, B. B. Shankel, 
W. S. Hamiter, Thos. Spratt, Wm. Ross. 

10. Evangelism— A. A. Walker, C. E. White, T. G. Hardie. 

11. Men's and Women's Societies— L. R. Walker, W. C Underwood, 
J. R. Irwin. 

12. Auditing — J. F. Jamison, J. O. Thomas. 

13. Stewardship— S. B. McLean, H. E. Gurney, W. H. Frazer, L. R. 
Walker, W. E. Price, M. B. Spier, F. S. Neal, J. H. Wearn. 

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1 1 5th Stated Session, Albemarle, N. C. 
April 12-14, 1927 



Adjourned Meeting .... Charlotte, N. C, December 6, 1916 

Adjourned Meeting Charlotte, N. C, January 3, 1927 

Adjourned Meeting Sharon Church, January 20, 1927 

Called Meeting Charlotte, N. C, February 7, 1927 

Adjourned Meeting Charlotte, N. C, March 7, 1927 

Next Stated Meeting . St. Paul's, Charlotte, N. C, 10 A. M., Oct. 11, 1927 



STATED SPRING SESSION 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in the 115th Stated Session at 
Albemarle, Tuesday evening, April 12, 1927, at 8 :00 p. m., and 
was opened with a sermon by the Moderator, Rev. R. J. Mcll- 
wain, from Jno. 10:10. 

The communion was administered by the Moderator and 
Rev. S. B. Lyerly. 

Presbytery was constituted with prayer. 

The roll was called and the following found present : 

ROLL 

Ministers: A. S. Anderson, L. W. Brown, J. R. Bridges, 
R. S. Burwell, H. H. Cassady, W. B. S. Chandler, R. W. Cul- 
bertson, J. A. Caligan, S. A. Ewart, W. H. Frazer, J. G. Garth, 
H. E. Gurney, J. W. Grier, W. S. Hamiter, Q. N. Huneycutt, 
T. F. Huneycutt, W. H. Johnston, J. F. Ligon, C. H. Little, 
C. G. Long, S. B. Lyerly, A. A. McGeachv, J. C. McGehee, 
S. B. McLean, R. J. Mcllwain, W. B. Mclfwaine, M. E. Pea- 
body, C. H. Rowan, A. R. Shaw, W. T. Smith, C. W. Somer- 
ville, J. W. Stork, T. M. Stribbling, W. C. Underwood, A. A. 
Walker, J. M. Walker, Lynn R. Walker, I. E. Wallace, C. E. 
White, P. W. Wilson, B. F. Yandell. 

Ministers not present: C. C. Beam, R. H. M. Brown, R. T. 
Coit, W. P. Chedester, G. C. Huntington, A. S. Johnson, R. S. 
Latimer, J. W. Moore, (F. M.), W. W. Moore, W. C. Mc- 
Laughlin (F. M.), J. A. McQueen, R. L. Patrick, L. H. Query, 
M. E. Sentelle, B. B. Shankel, G. P. Stevens, (F. M.), A. H. 
Temple. 

Churches represented : Albemarle First, Dr. C. M. Lentz ; 
Allen, J. L. Campbell; Amity, J. Wilson Miller; Badin, W. H. 
Bradford; Banks, C. W. Potts; Bethany, A. M. Eubanks (Min- 
eral Springs, R. 1) ; Bethel, H. G. Torrence (Davidson) ; Beth- 
lehem, L D. Crowell (Matthews) ; Caldwell Memorial, E. G. 
Cochrane; Cameronian, H. T. Baldwin (Rockingham) ; Carmel, 
J. P. Sample ; Central Steele Creek, T. F. Grier ; Charlotte First, 
McAlister Carson; Charlotte Second, Wm. Anderson; Cooks 
Memorial, R. F. Rozzelle; Cornelius, J. I. Proctor; Ellerbe, J. 
A. Mclntyre; Hamlet, Duncan McNair; Hopewell, T. W. 
Stewart; Huntersville, J. L. Choate; Myers Park, J. T. Ward- 
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Marshville, J. C. Smith; Marston, A. W. McKay; Matthews, 
N. O. Alexander (Matthews) ; McGee, W. E. Kistler; Monroe 
First, W. A. Henderson; Morgan Memorial, P. J. C. Efird 
(Oakboro) ; Mt. Carmel, J. A. McDonald; Mt. Gilead, Jno. A. 
McAulay; Mulberry, W. L. Shelby; Newell, C. L. Hurdle; 
Norman, A. N. Cagle; Norwood, Dr. J. I. Campbell; Oakboro, 
F. C. Efird ; Pageland, R. J. Dempster ; Paw Creek, W. R. Sad- 
dler; Peachland, T. V. Howell; Plaza, W. B. Blount; Philadel- 
phia, C. S. Harkey; Pineville, J. M. Carothers; Polkton, Dr. 
J. M. Boyce; Porter, W. H. Simpson; Providence, H. Q. Alex- 
ander ; Ramah, W. M. Bradford ; Rockingham, J. F. Stevenson ; 
Seversville, Guy M. Beaty (Charlotte) ; Sharon, W. F. Baker; 
Siler, W. C. Davis (R. D., Matthews) ; Steele Creek, C. F. 
Brown; St. Paul, J. D. Woodside; Sugaw Creek, F. S. Neal; 
Tenth Avenue, W. L. Wallis; Thomasboro, W. L. Summerville; 
Wadesboro, J. A. McRae; Walkersville, A. B. Norwood; West 
Avenue, R. L. Smith; Westminster, D. M. Monteith; Williams 
Memorial, W. J. Williams ; Wilmoore, N. J. Philips. 

Rev. Lynn R. Walker, D.D., was elected Moderator by 
acclamation. 

Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D., was elected temporary clerk. 

The Committee on Orders report was adopted. 

The Committee on Foreign Missions asked for an order to 
be set at 11 a. m. Wednesday. 

All requests for special orders for this session were ordered 
referred to the Committee on Orders. 

Rev. E. M. Brooks, of the Albemarle Association of the 
Baptist Church, was introduced and invited to sit as a visiting 
brother. 

Rev. W. T. Smith was appointed acting chairman for this 
meeting of the Committee on Men's and Women's Societies. 

Presbytery adjourned until 9:00 a. m. , with praver by 
Dr. J. R.' Bridges. 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 

Presbytery met at 9:00 a. m. Devotional exercises were 
conducted by Rev. T. M. Stribling. 

Minutes of last night's session were read and approved. 

The following Standing Committees were appointed by the 



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Moderator : 

Devotional Exercises: Rev. C. G. Long, Dr. C. M. Lentz. 

Bills and Overtures: Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine, R. W. Cul- 
berson, Rev. C. H. Rowan, Dr. J. M. Boyce, Duncan McNair. 

Men and Women's Societies: Rev. W. T. Smith, Rev. T. 
M. Stribling, Elder J. A. Mclntyre, W. L. Wallis. 

Judicial— Rev. J. F. Ligon, Dr. J. R. Bridges, Dr. C. M. 
Lentz, Jno. A. McAulay, C. F. Brown. 

Presbytery's Home Missions: Rev. W. H. Johnston, 
Rev. M. E. Peabody, E. G. Cochrane, A. B. Norwood, D. M. 
Monteith. 

Calls and Supplies: Rev. C. G. Long, Rev. J. A. Caligan, 
O. W. Potts. 

Records of Presbytery: Rev. T. F. Huneycutt, J. F. 
Stevenson. 

Leave of Absence: F. S. Neal, C. W. Davis. 

Minutes of Synod: Rev. C. H. Little. 

Thanks: Rev. W. B. S. Chandler, R. L. Smith. 

Sessional Records: Rev. L E. Wallace, Rev. B. F. Yan- 
dell. Rev. P. W. Wilson, W. H. Bradford, W. A. Henderson, 
C. L. Hurdle, W. F. Baker, N. J. Phillips. 

A call from Candor for the pastoral services of Rev. A. L. 
McDuffie was referred on Committee on Calls and Supplies. 

A call from Thomasboro for the pastoral services off W. H. 
Mattheson was referred to the Committee on Calls ond Supplies. 

The request of Mallard Creek that Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., 
be allowed to supply that church until fall meeting of Presby- 
tery, was referred to Committee on Calls and Supplies. 

The request of Williams Memorial Church for the services 
of Dr. A. R. Shaw as supply was referred to Committee on 
Calls and Supplies. 

Calls from Oakboro, Locust and Morgan's Memorial for the 
pastoral services of Rev. T. F. Huneycutt were referred to the 
Committee on Calls and Supplies. 



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A request from Wilmoore Church for permission toi change 
the terms of their call for its pastor, Rev. S. B. McLean, was 
referred to Committee on Calls and Supplies. 

A nominating committee was appointed, toi consist of the 
Moderator, Stated Clerk, and Rev. R. J. Mcllwain. 

Mr. Waldo Emerson Love, of Ellerbe, N. C, presented an 
application to be received under care of Presbytery, as a Candi- 
date for the Gospel Ministry. After the usual examination, and 
charge by Dr. A. A. McGeachy, he was enrolled as a candidate. 

A request from St. Paul's Church to increase the salary of 
the pastor. Rev. S. B. Lyerly, was referred to Committee on 
Calls and Supplies. 

The following report of Committee on Evangelism was 
adopted : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON EVANGELISM 

Evangelism has always been an important factor in the development 
and growth of the Christian Church, The spirit of revival characterized 
the first years of the Church, when the disciples sought to carry out the 
injunction of our Lord to bear witness unto Him; and the Church has 
made its greatest progress when she devoted herself to evangelismi. And 
evangelism- is the life of the Church today; the Church that fails in this 
important function is likely to fail all. 

Your committee believes that the intent of Presbytery is expressed 
in a constant urging upon the churches to develop the gift of evangelism. 
The spiritual value of this work cannot be over-estimated; and, as a 
general rule there ought to be a series of evangelistic meetings held in 
every church, at least once a year. 

Owing to the many vacancies in the field under the direction of your 
committee, fewer meetings have been held during the year just closed 
than in the preceding year. Notwithstanding, the Lord has graciously 
blessed the work to the edification of the church, and in the saving of 
souls. There were 250 conversions ; there were added to our Church 175 
by profession, and 75 by letter. 

The policy of the committee is that the responsibility for the arrang- 
ing of meetings rests with the churches where the meetings are to be 
held ; but we believe it would be a gracious act on the part of the preacher, 
when the church to which he is assigned has no pastor, to take the 
initiative, and communicate with the officers of the church, who, in many 
cases, do not know their privileges and responsibilities. Your committee 
holds itself in readiness to render any service in bringing church and 
preacher together. 

We are grateful to the preachers who have rendered such splendid 
service in these meetings ; and to the churches who gave the time of their 



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pastors. And we feel assured that you are ready to help in this work in 
the coming year. 

We would recommend: 

1. That Presbytery request all our people within its bounds to pray 
much for God's blessing upon the work in which we are engaged. 

2. That the churches in which the meetings are held pay the expenses 
of the preachers holding the meetings. 

3. That the churches where the meetings are held be instructed to 
report to the chairman of this committee: (a) the date set for the 
meetings as early as practicable after the arrangements have been com- 
pleted ; and (b) that immediately after the close of the meetings they 
report to the chairman of the committee in the following items : Name 
of preacher conducting the meeting ; date ; number of days ; number of 
professions of faith ; number of accessions by profession ; and number 
of accessions by letter. 

4. That at the fall meeting of Presbytery an hour be devoted to the 
study and discussion of Evangelism, under the direction of the Committee 
on Evangelism,. 

5. That the following assignments for meetings to be held during 
the year be approved : 

Bethel, W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr.; Cornelius, J. M. Walker; Badin, 
A. A. Walker; Rourks Chapel, C. E. White; McLean Memorial, C. E. 
White; Marston, J. M. Walker; Polkton, S. B. Lyerly; Peachland, A. A. 
Walker ; Pageland, W. H. Frazer ; Beulah, R. W. Culbertson ; Salem, 
W. T. Smith ; Candor, A. A. Walker ; Macedonia, C. G. Long ; Indian 
Trail, A. A. Walker; Siler, S. B. McLean; Troy, J. W. Stork; Wadeville, 
Q. N. Huneycutt; Star, I. E. Wallace; Ellerbe, A. A. Walker; Mt. 
Carmel, C. H. Rowan; Norman, T. M. Stribling ; Oakboro, W. H. 
Johnson ; Locust, W. S. Hamiter ; Stanfield, W. T. Smith ; Morgan Me- 
morial, C. H, Little; Roberdel, C. H. Rowan; Brainard, C. H. Little; 
Cameronian, W. H. Johnston ; North Charlotte, J. W. Stork ; Morven, 
W. T. Smith; Lilesville, L. R. Walker; Camden. J. W. Stork; Marks 
Creek, L. R. Walker; Midland, J. G. Garth; Unionville, I. E. Wallace. 

On motion, the Stated Clerk v^as instructed to notify Licen- 
tiate C. B. Alexander that his licensure has expired. 

The Auditing Committe's report was read and adopted as 
follows : 

Your Auditing Committee respectfully report that they have examined 
the books of J. G. Garth, Treasurer of Presbytery, and W. E. Price, 
Treasurer of Home Missions and Benevolence, and find their books cor- 
rectly kept, with all accounts balanced. 

Auditing Committee, 

J. O. THOMAS. 
J. F. JAMISON. 
April 9, 1927. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT 

April 15, 1926, to April 4, 1927. 

Received from C. C. Anderson $ 400.52 

Received from Churches ^ 3,155.52 

Total Receipts $ 3,556.04 

Total Disbursements $ 2,816.09 

Balance in Commercial National Bank 739.95 

Accounts Paid : 

Assembly Dues $ 1,218.40 

Synod's Dues 233.76 

j3..l3.riGS * 

Stated Clerk, J. G. Garth 200.00 

Permanent Clerk, J. W. Stork 30.00 

Home Mission Treasurer, W. E. Price 100.00 

Auditors 25.00 

Printing Minutes 397.25 

Miscellaneous Printing 65.80 

Safe 150.00 

Hauling Safe 5.50 

Vacation Bible School 100.44 

Stewardship 259.77 

Postage 5.00 

Presbyterial Blanks 21.50 

W. E. Price, to balance 3.67 

$ 2,816.09 

J. G. GARTH. 

The order of the day was changed so that the Foreign Mis- 
sion report might be taken up at once instead of 1 1 o'clock. 

It was moved and carried that the unfinished business of 
Sharon Church be taken up immediately after the report on 
Foreign Missions. 

Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., made the report on Foreign 
Missions, which was received as information, and the following 
recommendations were adopted : 

RECOMMENDATIONS 

1. That Church Schools of Missions studying the approved mission 
sudy book be organized in all our churches during January, 1928. 

2. That Sunday Schools and Young People's Societies give prayer 
for foreign missions a definite place in their programs, using the booklet 
"Our Prayer Each Week." 

3. That Sunday Schools study our Mexico Mission work this year 
and apply their foreign mission gifts to the $60,000 to be raised this year 



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by our Sunday Schools for Mexico, such offerings to be credited on their 
local churches' Foreign Mission apportionments. 

4. That Young People's Societies apply their foreign missoin offer- 
ings to the special missionaries assigned by the General Assernbly to 
Young People's Societies for support, such offerings to be credited as 
above. 

5. That ministers keep foreign missions, in its scriptural emphasis 
and proportion, before their people by frequent sermons and by visits of 
foreign missionaries, such visits being gladly arranged for by the foreign 
mission office upon request. 

6. That churches, societies, and individuals assume, wherever prac- 
ticable, definite responsibility for definite parts of the foreign mission 
work . 

SHARON CHURCH 

The unfinished business concerning Sharon Church was 
taken up. 

A motion was made and carried to hear the history of the 
case from the beginning. The Stated Clerk then read from the 
minutes of the Presbytery, the record of the case, up to the 
present time. The following paper, offered by Rev. S. B. Mc- 
Lean, was adopted. The paper contained two letters which the 
Clerk was instructed to forward to the parties addressed. 

To the former members of the Board of Deacons of Sharon Church who 
are not now members of the Board, and to their adherents in the 
Church : 

After prayerful and earnest consideration, the Presbytery of Meck- 
lenburg is impelled to take no further action now concerning the unfor- 
tunate differences obtaining or which did obtain between certain of the 
officers and members of Sharon Church, which were heretofore laid 
before the Presbytery. While deeply deploring the non-compliance with 
the recommendation of the Presbytery, made on January 20, 1927, and 
then and there assented to almost unanimiously by the members present, 
to re-elect the members of the old Board of Deacons in full and bury 
past differences, and while the Presbytery was grievously disappointed 
in that an engagement so solemn and sacred should have been disregarded, 
and hereby records its displeasure thereat, yet it feels under the guidance 
of the Holy Spirit, constrained to pass over this remissness on the part 
of those members of the congregation who did not abide by the agreement 
with Presbytery, it being the hope of the Presbytery that God will over- 
rule for His own glory any mistake or wrong that has been done by such 
members. 

It is not for lack of ecclesiastical authority in the Presbytery that 
this conclusion has been reached, but because it is believed tO' be for the 
honor and glory of Jesus Christ and for the promotion of His Kingdom. 

This action of the Presbytery will be forthwith communicated to the 
Session of Sharon Church and their adherents by the Moderator and 
Stated Clerk of the Presbytery. 



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While yO'U may feel deeply aggrieved at the action of a majority of 

the congregation taken at the congregational meeting on the day of 

February, 1927, when an election of deacons was held, looking at it from 
the human standpoint, and you may be in great perplexity as to your 
proper course in the future, you are yet reminded that man's extremity is 
God's opportunity and that He can bring good for all concerned even out 
of a situation seemingly as untoward as has existed in Sharon Church. 

Presbytery cherishes the hope that the real Christ-like spirit will be 
uppermost and will yet prevail in the hearts and lives of all concerned, 
and that your active interest in and loyalty to Sharon Church will be 
renewed, trusting in God to bring to pass His holy and righteous will and 
pleasure. 

If, however, after prayerful and patient consideration, you should 
not regard it as your duty to remain a member of Sharon Church, then 
Presbytery urges you to quietly and peaceably transfer your membership 
to some other church of our denomination, remembering at all times, 
however, that your first and foremost aim and purpose should be to do 
that and only that which will most pomote God's glory, though it cost an 
effort or even a sacrifice. 

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the 
communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen." 

Fraternally submitted, for the Presbytery, 

LYNN R. WALKER, Moderator. 
J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 

To the Members of the Session of Sharon Church and their adherents in 
the Church: 

After prayerful and earnest consideration, the Presbytery of Meck- 
lenburg is impelled to take no further action now concerning the unfor- 
tunate differences obtaining or which did obtain between certain of the 
officers and members of Sharon Church, which were heretofore laid 
before the Presbytery. While deeply deploring the non-compliance with 
the recommendation of the Presbytery, made on January 20, 1927, and 
then and there assented to almost unanimously by the members present, 
to re-elect the members of the old Board of Deacons in full and bury past 
differences, and while the Presbytery was grievously disappointed in that 
an engagement so solemn and sacred should have been disregarded, 
and hereby records its displeasure thereat, yet it feels under the guidance 
of the Holy Spirit constrained to pass over this remissness on the part of 
those members of the congregation who did not abide by the agreement 
with Presbytery, it being the hope of the Presbytery that God will over- 
rule for His own glory any mistake or wrong that has been done by such 
members. 

But the Presbytery earnestly enjoins that its view and attitude in 
this matter be not misimderstood and that there be no unseemly spirit or 
feeling of pride or boastfulness indulged in an account of its forbearance. 
It is not for lack of ecclesiastical authority that this conclusion has been 
reached. 

The earnest hope and prayer of the Presbytery is that God will yet 



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bring good out of evil and that the members of Sharon Church will as 
far as possible forget the differences of the past and turn their faces 
toward the future in a sincere desire and earnest endeavor to glorify 
God and promote the advancement of His kingdom in their own hearts 
and in the hearts of others. 

The Presbytery requests that the Session of the Church cause this 
letter to be read to the congregation at the first Sunday morning service 
after receipt thereof. 

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the 
communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen." 

Fraternally submitted, for the Presbytery, 

LYNN R. WALKER, Moderator. 
J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 

Dr. W. H. Frazer gave notice of protest to Presbytery's 
action, and submitted the following paper, which was admitted 
to record : 

A SOLEMN PROTEST 

The undersigned would respectfully protest against the action of the 
Presbytery in voting to take no further action in the matter of the Sharon 
Church, for the following reaons : 

First. Because in so doing it omitted the corrections of illegal 
actions in the Session in suspending an officer without notice and without 
trial, and also in requesting an officer to resign. 

Second. Because in so doing it omitted to correct an error com- 
mitted by the Session in assigning church property to others than the 
Board of Deacons, contrary to the law of the Church. 

Third. Because in so doing it failed to censure the Session of the 
Church in not calling the congregational meeting for the purpose of 
electing, if the way be clear, "the original eight deacons and no others." 

Fourth. Because in the opinion of the protestant the Presbytery has 
failed to give due consideration to the fifty-one complainants, including 
the eight deacons. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. H. FRAZER, Protestant. 

Special prayer was offered by Dr. A. R. Shaw for the son 
of Rev. A. S. Johnson, who was critically ill. 

COMMISSIONERS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 

The following ministers were appointed as Commissioners 
to attend meeting of General Assembly, at El Dorado, Ark,, 
May 19, 1927 : 



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Principals: Rev. J. R. Bridges, D.D., Rev. W. B. S. 
Chandler, Rev. A. A. McGeachy, D.D., Rev. S. B. Lyerly, 
Alternates: S. A. Ewart, Lynn R. Walker, D.D., C. G. 
Long, A. S. Johnson, D.D. 

The selections v^ere made by choosing the four highest 
among the nominees, as principals, and the four next high- 
est as alternates in series. 

In the same manner the foUov^ing were chosen as lay 
commissioners: Principals: Wm. Anderson, W. L. Wallis, 
J. A. Mclntyre, C. S. Harkey; Alternates: H. C. Alexander, 
J. W. McClung, F. C. Efird, J. E. Thomas. 

The report on Vacancy and Supply was submitted and re- 
ceived as information. 

An overture from Providence Church touching the morality 
of interest was referred to the Committee on Bills and Over- 
tures. 

Recess was taken until 8 :00 p. m. 

WEDNESDAY EVENING 

Presbytery reconvened at 8 :00 o'clock. 

The report of the Home Mission Committee was read and 
referred to the Standing Committee of Home Missions. 

A popular meeting on Home Missions was conducted by 
Rev. A. A. Walker, during which workers from the dififerent 
parts of the Home Mission Field spoke as follows : Revs. A. S. 
Anderson, Q. N. Huneycutt, S. B. McLean, and Elder J. A. 
Mclntyre. 

Resolutions of sympathy were extended by Presbytery to 
the family of Dr. W. R. Coppedge, who died April 10th. 

RESOLUTIONS OF SYMPATHY 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg in session at Albemarle, 
N. C, extends its loving sympathy to the sons of our brother. 
Dr. W. R. Coppedge, whose recent death brings sorrow to all 
our hearts. 

Our prayer is that the God of all grace may comfort your 
hearts. 



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Dr. Coppedge has left us an example of untiring zeal in the 
Lord's service. Like his Lord, he came not to l)e ministered 
unto, but to minister. 

Submitted, J. R. Bridges. 

A committee consisting of Dr. J. R. Bridges, Rev. T. M. 
Stribling, and Dr. Lynn R. Walker, were appointed a committee 
to prepare a memorial at the fall session of Presbytery. Prayer 
was offered for the family by Dr. Bridges. 

The report of Committee on Religious Education was made 
first order of day Thursday. 

The report of Schools and Colleges was made second order 
of the day Thursday. 

Treasurer of Presbytery's Home Missions made a report, 
which was referred to the Auditing Committee. 

The report of Stewardship Committee was made the first 
order of the afternoon Thursday. 

Rev. S. B. McLean was appointed chairman of Committee 
on Resolution of Thanks. 

THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 14 

Presbytery reconvened at 9 :(X) a. m. 

Devotional exercises were conducted by Rev. W. B. S. 
Chandler. 

The minutes of yesterday's session were read and approved. 
The Commission to install Rev. J. A. Caligan reported as 
follows, which was adopted : 

INSTALLATION OF REV. J. A. CALIGAN 

The Commission to install the Rev. J. A. Caligan as pastor of the 
church at Wadesboro met at the church on the 20th day of March, 1927, 
with Rev. A. A. Walker as chairman and Rev. T. M. Stribling as clerk, 
and Rev. W. B. S. Chandler and Elders W. E. Price and W. T. McQueen 
completing the commission. 

Rev. J. A. Caligan was duly installed as pastor of said church, Rev. 
A. A. Walker presiding, Rev. W. B. S. Chandler preaching the sermon, 
Rev. T. M. Stribling charging the pastor, and Elder W. E. Price de- 
livering the charge to the people. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. A. WALKER. Chairman. 
T. M. STRIBLING, Clerk. 



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Upon request from the Pegram Street Church, the name of 
that church was changed to The Plaza Presbyterian Church. 

The Stated Clerk and Treasurer was instructed to forward 
the Assembly dues, $1,246.72, to the Treasurer of the General 
Assembly. 

The Committee on Religious Education reported through 
the chairman, Rev. W. B. S. Chandler, which was adopted. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 

Your Committee on Relig^ious Education would respectfully submit 
the following report : 

Sabbath Schools 

A total of only 70 reports have come into the hands of the committee, 
leaving some 20 schools which failed to report. From the reports re- 
ceived some very interesting facts are gathered. We note that many of 
the churches report exceptionally large cradle rolls, among them Sharon 
26, Hamlet 129, Norwood 25, West Avenue 32, Plaza 30, Caldwell Me- 
morial 133, and Charlotte Second 163. We also note with satisfaction 
that a number of the smaller churches made fine contributions to the 
Orphanage. 

We note with regret that so few of the schools have Home Depart- 
ments, only nine of the 70 reporting such. Also, that very few schools 
use the Budget system, that there are few mission schools conducted by 
the larger churches, and that a very large number report no additions to 
the church from the Sunday School. Only 27 of the 70 report such 
additions. 

Young People's Societies 

We find that there are a total of IZ societies within the bounds of the 
Presbytery, with a total membership of 2,432. Total contributions to all 
causes, $2,688.10. A total of 50 churches reported societies, whereas 15 
report no young people's organization. 

Your committee would commend those churches whose reports show 
that they appreciate this most potent arm of the church. However, from 
the reports received, the deplorable fact is revealed that more than 60 
per cent of our churches have no such organization. 

We would recommend that the pastors and sessions of these churches 
be urged to put forth strenuous efforts to see that this most important 
work is not neglected. 

Your Committee on Sabbath Schools would submit the following 
recommendations : 

1. That the schools take full advantage of the Daily Vacation Bible 
Schools for which provision has been made by the Presbytery. 

2. That they organize and maintain Teacher Training Qasses 
throughout the year. 



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3. That every school conduct a class in missions during the year, 

4. That the Budget system be adopted by all schools, thereby con- 
tributing to all causes of the Church systematically. 

5. That Church Sessions see that reports to Presbytery are ac- 
curately made out and promptly put into the hands of the committee. 

STATISTICAL REPORT OF YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORK 
Young People's Work 

No. Senior Christian Endeavor Societies, 31 ; membership, 1,372. 
No. Intermediate Christian Endeavor Societies, 10 ; membership, 260. 
No. Junior Christian Endeavor Societies, 18 ; membership, 398. 
No. Boys' Groups, 3 ; membership, 83. 
No. Girls' Groups, 2; membership, 44. 
No. other forms, 8; membership, 236. 

Total membership in all Y. P. organizations. IZ ; membership, 2,432. 
Contributions 

To Denominational Benevolences : 

Foreign Missions $ 402 

Assembly's Home Missions 25 

Christian Education and Ministerial Relief , 17 

Publication and Sabbath School Work 8 

Assembly's Training School for Lay Workers 8 

Bible Cause 1 

S3mod's Home Missions 12 

Orphans' Homes 243 

Educational Institutions 51 

Presbytery's Home Missions 83 

Total Denominational Benevolences $ 840 

To Local Church Work : 

Total, Local Church Work $1,206 

Miscellaneous Contributions 642 

Grand Total, all Contributions $2,688 

Organization and Activities 

1. Are the organizations under control of Session? Yes. 

2. Do they study: (1) The activities and needs of all our Church 
Agencies ? — . (2) Stev^ardship of Life and Possessions ? — . 

3. Do they stress the following duties: (1) Daily Devotional Bible 
Study? Yes. (2) Regular Prayer Habits? Yes. 

4. Do they promote the following activities?: (1) Spiritual? Yes. 
(2) Mental? — . (3) Physical? — . (4) Social? Yes. 



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5. Are they following the outline of the Progressive Program in 
their work? — , 

Total churches reporting, 52. 

Churches reporting no Y. P. organization, 16. 

Respectfully submitted. 

By the Committee, 

WM. B. S. CHANDLER, Chairman. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

The death of our dear brother. Dr. Coppedge, imposes upon me the 
duties of the chairman of the Committee on Schools and Colleges. 

I beg to report as follows: 

The schools under the control of the Presbytery are full, and, with 
the exception of Union Theological Seminary, have had to turn away 
applicants. 

Davidson College should be enlarged to meet the growing demands, 
or else steps taken to found a Junior College to meet the increasing 
demand of our people for a college for their sons. 

Queens College, while prospering, needs more equipment. 

The school at Albemarle needs the special care of the Presbytery, in 
view of the fact that Miss Harris, who has so successfully conducted it, 
has felt constrained to give up the work. 

We have received reports from Queens College and from Davidson 
College. 

We recommend that Mr. McAllister Carson be heard at the con- 
clusion of this report, this change being made at the request of Dr. 
Frazer, who is detained by business. 

We have also received an invitation for Presbytery to attend the in- 
auguration of Rev. Benjamin Rice Lacy, D.D., as President of Union 
Theological Seminary, Tuesday, May 10th, 4 :30 p. m. 

We have also received the report of Rev. W. M. Hunter, chairman of 
Synod's Committee of Schools and Colleges, which shows the financial 
condition of this important cause. 

This Presbjrtery has given $9,147.22, a decrease, since last year, of 
$247.89. 

Last year, however, we were collecting the dues of amounts sub- 
scribed to Union Theological Seminary. If we leave out those amounts 
in the comparison, then there has been an increase this year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. R. BRIDGES, Chairman. 
April 12, 1927. 



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REPORT OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGE FUND 

I beg to hand you transcript from; Treasurer Jackson's ledger, show- 
ing just what Mecklenburg Presbytery has done for our School and Col- 
lege work. This totals $9,147.22, which is a decrease of $247.89 from the 
amount given last year, but when we remember that last year we were 
collecting money for Union Theological Seminary, it would show an 
actual increase for our School and College work. Therefore we feel very 
grateful for what has been done for us by your Presbytery. 

As to the Synod's total, we have received $39,444.71 as against 
$42,652.35 last year, showing a decrease of $3,207.64 ; but if you will add 
to this year's gifts about $4,000, which we are reasonably assured has 
gone to the Seminary, the total this year will then show an increase over 
last year of about $800. It is also nothing but right that we should re- 
member that not less than $4,000 has been sent direct to our educational 
institutions of which our treasurer has no record whatever. Thus if you 
will take the sum' total of $39,444.71 handled by our Synod's Treasurer, 
about $4,000 sent to our Theological Seminary, and not less than $4,000 
direct to our institutions, we can show a sum total of about $47,444.71 for 
our School and College work. 

While this is nothing like the percentage of our total benevolent fund 
asked for by Synod, it seems to me that we should feel very much en- 
couraged. I trust that these facts and figures will reach you in time to 
make your report to Presbytery. We have learned by experience that 
some of our churches simply will not send in their gifts in time to close 
our books earlier, so this is a real rush season in my ofifice. If you feel 
so inclined, I would be glad for you to read this letter to your Presbytery. 

Yours fraternally, 

W. M. HUNTER, 
Chairman School and College Committee. 

REPORT OF DAVIDSON COLLEGE 

To the Presbyteries Governing Davidson College : 

Brethren : 

Your institution has had so far a good year. Our ranks have been 
full, fewer students have had to be dropped for failure in work, the fac- 
ulty has been enlarged until we now have 38 instructors. This is an in- 
crease of six over last year. Our student enrollment is 642 as compared 
with 609 last year. We had many to apply for entrance who could not be 
taken as we believe the student body is fully as large as it should be. 

Financially, our income is greater because of the Duke Foundation, 
but our expense is fully as much greater, and we are hard put to it to 
make ends meet. We believe that our governing Presbyteries wish David- 
son to stand fully abreast with the best in educational work and training 
for life service. To get the best and do the best costs more than indiffer- 
ent work would. We are not, therefore, abundantly supplied with money ; 
for the work we have set ourselves to do we are still illy supplied with 
income. If we are sane enough to hold our student body to its present 
size, we will eventually come to the state of an "effective college." 



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While progressive in work, Davidson is still sound morally and 
spiritually. Every man on the faculty is a Christian and known as such 
by his life here among us. Upon this firm foundation we rest, viz : that 
Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God Himself, is not only the greatest 
Teacher of mankind, but is the only and yet all sufficient Savior of man- 
kind. We so believe and we so teach. 

Our most pressing present need is the completion of our great central 
building at a cost of $400,000. Of this amount we have at present some- 
thing more than half promised. As soon as the rest is pledged we shall 
resume building operations. 

And, now, my brethren, pray for us that our faith fail not, that all 
our proper wants be supplied and that the finished product of your insti- 
tution may be more and more unto the glory of God. 

We have on our rolls 642 students, 628 members of evangelical 
churches, of which 509 are Presbyterians. There are 92 candidates for 
the ministry. Every member of the Junior and Senior classes is a mem- 
ber of the Church. 

WM. J. MARTIN, President. 

Davidson College, March 31, 1927. 

REPORT OF QUEENS COLLEGE 

I am handing herein contained a brief report of Queens College, for 
consideration at your spring meeting. 

We have had enrolled during the year 352 students all together ; 168 
of these have been boarding pupils, and 184 have been day pupils. Of the 
day pupils, 110 have been regularly enrolled in the School of Liberal Arts 
and Sciences, and 74 have been enrolled in the special schools of Elocution, 
Art and Music. 

At a meeting of the Board of Trustees, held on February 15th, Mr. 
L. Wilson Jarman, Professor of Mathematics at Chicora College, Co- 
lumbia, S. C., was elected as Vice-President, whose special work will be 
to have charge of curricula, and courses of study. The board authorized 
the President at this meeting to raise $200,000, if possible, in scholarships, 
which will make the full amount of $500,000 in endowment money. 

The new building, which is a gift of a friend of the institution, is 
now practically half-way completed, and will make a very imposing, com- 
modious and useful structure. The cost, when completed, will be $80,000, 
and the payments are being met by the friend of the institution as they 
come due. 



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The following is the financial statement for the year : 

Accounts receivable, total $104,716.43 

Accounts collected 84,477.19 

Balance to be collected $ 20,239.24 

Cash received from all sources $ 90,300.46 

Cash paid out 86,452.57 

Balance in bank $ 3,847.89 

Statement as of April 6, 1927 : 

Accounts to be collected $ 20,239.24 

Cash in bank 3,847.89 

Due from Synod — 5,000.00 



$ 29,087.13 
Salaries $11,000.00 

Approximate expenses 7,000.00 

$18,000.00 

It will be seen that the college has had a splendid year in every re- 
spect, and has done the best work of any year in its entire history. It is 
very pleasing to the Board of Trustees to be able to announce with all 
confidence that the courses of study are thoroughly adjusted to the 
demands of the standing agencies, and that the instruction given compares 
favorably if not to advantage with that of any other institution of similar 
purpose in the state. The department of Religious Education is unques- 
tionably a very superior one, and the work being done not only is forming 
Christian character and safeguarding the student from the danger of 
invasions upon her faith, but is also preparing her for very useful work 
in the Church and in the community back home. The Board feels that it 
cannot speak in too high terms of the splendid services of Dr. Charles 
William Somerville and his assistants in the department. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. A. McGEACHY, 

President Board of Trustees. 
April 6, 1927. 

The report of the Committee on Schools and Colleges was 
adopted. 

A commission consisting of the Home Mission Committee, 
with Supt. A. A. Walker as chairman, was appointed to inquire 
into and, if the way be clear, to transfer Pageland and Salem 
Churches to Pee Dee Presbytery, Synod of South Carolina. 

The Leave of Absence Committee reported as follows, and 
the report was adopted. 



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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE 

Excused for non-attendance : Ministers : L. H. Query, W. P. 
Chedester, Wm. Black, M. E. Sentelle, J. A. McQueen, A. S. Johnson, 
G. C. Huntington, R. S, Latimer. 

Excused after Wednesday : W. H. Frazer, C. W. Somerville, A. 
A. McGeachy, A. R. Shaw, Parks W. Wilson, J. A. Caligan, M. E. 
Peabody. 

Excused after Thursday morning : R. S. Burwell, H. H. Cassady, 
R. W. C'ulbertson, Wm. B. S. Chandler, W. A. Henderson. 

Excused after Wednesday : Elders : E. W. Christenbury, J. D. 
Crowell, J. C. McGhee, H. G. Torrence, J. L Proctor, W. E. Kistler. 
W. L. Shelby, C. S. Hurdle, A. M. Eubanks, J. E. Efird, P. J. C. Efird, 
J. T. Wardlaw, A. B. Norwood, E. W. Ewart, J. A. McRea, O. W. Potts. 

(Signed) F. S. NEAL, Chairman. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND 
MINISTERIAL RELIEF 

Your committee calls attention to the fact that this Presbytery re- 
ceived from the Central Committee at Louisville, last year, $1,077.90' more 
than it gave. 

Dr. H. H. Sweets advises that since there has been a decrease in the 
amounts received, that there will necessarily have to be a scaling down 
of amounts appropriated to at least some of the beneficaries. 

We recommend the following appropriations for Ministerial Relief : 

Mrs. Mary L. Arrowood $25.00 

Mrs. Allie W. Cochran 4L66 

Mrs. Rhoda Daniels 4L66 

Mrs. Emma Hardin 4L66 

Rev. L. H. Query 35.00 

Rev. A. H. Temple 4L66 

Rev. W. C. Underwood 40.00 

J. W. GRIER, Chairman. 

The report was adopted. 

CALLS AND SUPPLIES 

Your Committee on Calls and Supplies respectfully submits the fol- 
lowing report : 

We recommend: 

L That Dr. W. H. Frazer be given permission to supply Mallard 
Creek Church until the next stated meeting of Presbytery. 

2. That Dr. A. R. Shaw be given permission to supply the Williams 
Memorial Church until the next stated meeting of Presbytery. 

3. That the call from the Church of Candor for the pastoral services 



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of Rev. A. L, McDuffie be placed in the hands of the Stated Clerk of 
Presb3rtery until Brother McDuffie shall have been received into the 
Presbytery. 

4. That the call from the Church of Thomasboro for the pastoral 
services of Rev. W. H. Matheson be placed in the hands of the Stated 
Clerk of Presbytery until Brother Matheson shall have been received into 
the Presbytery. 

5. That the call from Locust Church for the pastoral services of 
Rev. T. F. Huneycutt, at salary of $100.00 per year, be found in order 
and placed in his hands. 

6. That the call from Oakboro Church for the pastoral services of 
Rev. T. F. Huneycutt, at salary of $150.00 per year, be found in order 
and placed in his hands. 

7. That the call from Morgan Memorial Church for the pastoral 
services of Rev. T. F. Huneycutt, at salary of $150.00 per year, be found 
in order and placed in his rands. 

8. That the Wilmoore Presbyterian Church be given permission to 
increase the salary of its pastor, as requested, granted, from the sum of 
$1,100.00 annually, to $1,400.00, beginning April 1, 1927. 

9. That the St. Paul Presbyterian Church be given permission to 
increase the salary of its pastor, as requested, granted, from the sum of 
$2,100.00 annually, to $2,300.00, beginning April 6, 1927. 

10. That Rev. M, E. Peabody be given permission to supply Newell 
Church until the next stated meeting of Presb^^ery. 

C. G. LONG, Chairman. 
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S SOCIETIES 

Your committee would respectfully report : 

Women's Work 

Total Societies, 68; Total membership, 4,631. 

Contributions 

To Denominational Benevolences : Foreign Missions, $17,719 ; As- 
sembly's Home Missions, $7,984; Christian Education and Ministerial 
Relief, $2,254; S. S. Extension, $517; Bible Cause, $266; Synod's Home 
Missions, $1,936; Orphans' Homes, $14,083; Educational Institutions, 
$3,639; Presbytery's Home Missions, $3,223. Total, Denominational 
Benevolences, $51,621. 

To Local Church Work : Current Expenses, $9,413 ; Congregational 
Missions, $330; Building Expense, $54; Contingent Fund, $1,053. Total, 
Local Church Work, $10,850. 

Auxiliary Ben., $4,491 ; Miscellaneous Contributions, $6,694. Total. 
$11,185. Grand Total, All Contributions, $73,656. This was an increase 
over previous year of $16,967. 



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Men's Work 

Total male membership of church, 18 years and over, 2,079. 

Contributions to Denominational Benevolences : Foreign Missions, 
$9,860; Assembly's Home Missions, $3,600. To Local Church Work: 
Current Expenses, $3,012; Miscellaneous Contributions, $558. Grand 
Total, All Contributions, $17,030. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ASSEMBLY'S HO^ME MISSIONS 

Your Committee on Assembly's Home Missions begs leave to subtnit 
the following report : 

The Committee on AsemWy's Home Missions is glad to report a 
slightly improved financial situation over last year. The total receipts 
for the year were $571,818.65, a gain of $29,973 over the income from the 
same sources in 1926, but $5,013 less than the total income for 1925. 

By a severe reduction in appropriations to the Presbjrteries and Mis- 
sions and postponing all building operations, all obligations for the year 
were paid, and the bank debt was reduced from $86,500' to $60,521. 

The committee would emphasize again the far-reaching and many- 
sided work of the Assembly's Home Missions. This committee is aiding, 
either directly or in co-operation with the Presbyteries and Synods, in the 
support of 757 workers — evangelists, teachers, physicians, nurses and 
Bible women. This army of Home Missionaries is conducting 855 mis- 
sion enterprises — churches, missions, hospitals, dispensaries, with 387 out- 
stations and unorganized preaching points in the mountains, among the 
Negroes, the Immigrants, the Indians, the Mexicans, the Jews, and the 
unchurched millions in crowded cities and in lonely country places. 

It is impossible to determine the number of people touched directly or 
indirectly by the Assembly's Home Mission enterprises. When it is 
realized, however, that the work is conducted in nearly 1,241 communities, 
and nearly one-fourth of the churches of the Assembly are aided by As- 
sembly's Home Mission funds ; that every pupil in a mission school means 
a contact with a family, and the multitudes reached by the evangelists 
are considered, the far-reaching influence of the Assembly's Home Mis- 
sion work upon the life of the church and the nation will be better 
understood. 

Through the efforts O'f these workers 6,879 persons were added to the 
church upon profession of faith, and 3,842 were received by certificate. 

It is also gratifying to note that with the help of the Assembly's Com- 
mittee, 24 new churches were organized during the year, and 50 Home 
Mission churches were brought to self-support. The Presbyteries aided 
by the Assembly's Committee report the organization of 79 new Sunday 
Schools and 190 o^pportunities for the organization of new churches. 

Before the close of the year the committee notified all the Presby- 
teries and missions expecting aid that the inadequate funds would neces- 
sitate another reduction in appropriations, and requested each Presbytery 
and mission to reduce its application to the lowest possible figure. After 
this reduction was made by the Presbyteries and institutions the applica- 



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tions for assistance totalled $815,267, and this was urged as the irreducible 
mtinimum for the various Assembly's Home Mission enterprises this year. 
The Annual Home Mission Day in the Sunday School has been 
changed from November to the last Sunday in June. The committee is 
asking the Sunday Schools to make a special offering on this date to com- 
plete the sorely needed building at Highland School, Guerrant, Ky. The 

co-operation of all our schools is earnestly desired. 

The following recommendations are offered : 

1. That the Sunday Schools be urged to study Home Missions as a 
part of the Church's great missionary responsibility, and that the gifts 
on Home Mission Day, Sunday, June 26, 1927, be applied to the Highland 
School Building, Guerrant, Ky. 

2. That the Young People's Societies be urged to apply their Home 
Mission offerings to the Blue Ridge Academy, which school the General 
Assembly has assigned them as their special responsibility. 

3. That the Presbytery endorse the Week of Prayer for Home 
Missions, November 13-20, and urge its observance in all the churches as 
an occasion for giving information and advancing the interests of this 
growing work. 

4. That the Presbytery urge all pastors toi preach upon Home Mis- 
sions in November, the Home Mission month, and all churches not taking 
the Every Member Canvass for Benevolences be urged to make an offer- 
ing for this cause. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. F. LIGON, Chairman. 
The report was adopted. 

SESSIONAL RECORDS 

The following Session books were approved without exception : Paw 
Creek, Mallard Creek, Cooks Memorial, Hopewell, Amity, McGee, Mul- 
berry, Cornelius, Norman, Myers Park, Sharon, Monroe, Marshville, 
Badin, Seversville, Wilmoore, Tenth Avenue, Sugaw Creek, Matthews, 
Thomasboro, Albemarle, First Charlotte, Huntersville, West Avenue, 
Westminster, Central Steele Creek, Pleasant Hill, Newell, Williams 
Memorial. 

I. The following with exceptions : 

1. Not opened and closed with prayer : Mt. Carmel, Marston, 
Rocky River, Walkersville, Rehoboth, St. Paul, Bethel, Norwood, Beth- 
any, Steele Creek, Alton, Hamlet, Banks. 

2. Minutes not read and approved : Rourk's Cliapel, Marston, Sec- 
ond Church, Charlotte, McLean's Memorial, Pageland. 

3. No statistical report in Session book : Mt. Carmel, Rourk's 
Chapel, McLean's Memorial, Providence, Caldwell Memorial. 

4. Meetings not held quarterly : Oakboro, Pee Dee. Robinson, 
Salem,, North Charlotte, Bethany, Alton, Waxhaw. 



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5. Minutes not signed by clerk : Second Church, Philadelphia, 

N. No report from representative to Presb3^ery : Second Church, 
Philadelphia, Wadesboro, Ramah, Caldwell Memorial, 

7. Session meetings not dated : McLean's Memorial. 

L E, WALLACE, Chairman, 

The report was adopted. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON SYNOD'S MINUTES 

The Committee on Minutes of Synod beg leave to report that min- 
utes of the 1926 session have been examined. Minutes are neatly printed 
and the committee finds nothing of special interest to emphasize. 

C. H. LITTLE, Chairman, 

The report was adopted. 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

The Nominating Committee would nominate the following: 
Dr, J, P. Matheson, of Charlotte, to succeed J. W. Pharr, deceased, 
as trustee of Davidson College, On the Home Mission Committee, Rev, 
C, G. Long to succeed Rev, W, R. Coppedge, deceased ; Rev, C. H, 
Rowan in place of Rev. H, E, Gurney, resigned, and Rev. Lynn R, 
Walker to be added to the committee. 

The report was adopted. 

Calls of Oakboro, Locust, and Morgan Memorial for the 
pastoral services of Rev. T. F. Huneycutt were placed in his 
hands, and were accepted. The following commissions were 
appointed for his installation : 

At Locust, third Sabbath in May, at 11 a. m., and Mor- 
gan Memorial on same day at 3 p m, : Ministers, A. A. 
Walker, S. B. McLean and W. C. Underwood; Elders W. E. 
Price and F. S. Neal. 

At Oakboro, fourth Sabbath in May, at 8 p. m, : Min- 
isters, C. G. Long, J. W. Stork and A. S. Anderson ; Elders, 
Jim Harris and J. A. Little. 

The Presbyterial Sermon was preached by Rev, W. H. 
Johnston, from Psalm 24:1. Subject, The Sovereignty of God. 

Resolution was passed to extend time of recess in order 
to hear Rev. R. J. Mcllwain on Albemarle Normal. 

Committee on Bills and Overtures offered its report, 
which was docketed till afternoon session. 



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A. C. Huneycutt and Henry Belk, trustees of Albemarle 
Normal, were granted the privilege of the floor to discuss 
matters pertaining to the school. 

Second order of the afternoon was fixed to hear J. B. 
Johnston on the Orphans' Home. 

THE STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE 

The Chairman and Secretary for Stewardship offered a 
report, and asked that J. B. Spillman, Synod's Secretary of 
Stewardship be heard. The following report was adopted : 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg, Stated Session, April, 1927: 

The Stewardship Committee submits the following report: 

Pursuant to the authorization of Presbytery at the regular Fall 
session of 1926, your Committee prepared and published a schedule 
of six group conferences on Stewardship to be held in different sec- 
tions of the Presbytery, and mailed copies of the schedule to all the 
ministers of the Presbytery, accompanied by invitations to attend 
the conference most convenient with representatives from their 
churches. Beginning on February 13th and running through Feb- 
ruary i6th, these coferences were held at the following churches, 
namely : Paw Creek, Plaza, Walkersville, Rockingham, Norman and 
Badin. 

The program prepared and recommended by the Assembly's 
Stewardship Committee was used, with slight variations. Devo- 
tional exercises were conducted by the pastors of the local churches 
except in one instance where the pastor was sick. Rev. J. F. Ligon, 
Rev. J. M. Walker, Rev. R. J. Mcllwain, Rev. Lynn R. Walker, D.D., 
and Rev. J. W. Stork, whose efficient services your Committee 
gratefully acknowledges, took part in the program, as did also your 
Secretary of Stewardship. An open conference at each appoint- 
ment was conducted by Mr. J. B. Spillman, Synod's Secretary of 
Stewardship. 

As furnishing some information concerning the value of these 
conferences, the following summary is given : At Paw Creek, the 
first one, on Sunday afternoon, the attendance of laymen and ladies 
was good and considerable interest was manifested. At the con- 
ference at Plaza Church on the next evening, which was intended 
especially for the churches of Charlotte, the congregation numbered 
about twenty-five. At Walkersville on Tuesday, where dinner was 
served on the grounds, probably about twenty-five members of this 
church were present, with one other church represented by two or 
three members. At Rockingham, on Tuesday night, the representa- 
tion was about the same as at Walkersville, Some interest was 
noticeable at this conference. At Norman on Wednesday morning, 
Dr. William Black was conducting evangelistic services and while 
the conference immediately followed his morning service, the at- 
tendance was very gratifying and some real interest was shown. At 
Badin the congregation was small, composed of men only, as the 



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ladies of the Church were attending an Auxiliary meeting the date 
of which was arranged before the date of the conference was 
known. However, several churches were represented at this con- 
ference and it is believed some good was accomplished. 

Undoubtedly such conferences served a good purpose when first 
introduced. These details for each meeting this year are furnished 
in order that Presbytery may judge of their further usefulness in 
the future. 

Following the conferences, laymen were placed at the disposal 
of any church desiring them for the purpose of presenting the cause 
of Stewardship and the various phases of the Every Member Can- 
vass. Most of the churches are now familiar with the plans and 
methods of such a canvass, but during the month of March twelve 
Committees of such laymen, or two or three each, visited twelve 
churches. Reports from these Committees indicate that their ef- 
forts were well worth while and that such duties come peculiarly 
within the province of laymen. Mr. C. Parks Brown and Dr. S. B. 
McPheeters rendered much assistance in providing these Com- 
mittees of laymen to visit the churches. 

Appended hereto is a tabular statement, marked "Exhibit A," 
showing in detail the subscriptions by the various churches of the 
Presbytery for the year beginning April i, 1927, both for Current 
Expenses and for Benevolences, as far as the Presbyterial Secretary 
of Stewardship has been able to get them, either from reports to 
him direct or from the regular reports to the Presbytery. The 
figures reported herein for Charlotte First Church were not reported 
to us officially by the Session of the Church but were furnished 
during the Spring meeting of Presbytery at Albemarle by Mr. Mc- 
Allister Carson, the representative of this Church at Presbytery, and 
are subject to correction. Following is a summary of such sub- 
scriptions : 

The Benevolent Quota for the Presbytery for the year beginning 
April I, 1927 is $175,855. 

Total number of subscriptions to Benevolences 6,450 

Total amount subscribed to Benevolences $159,475 

Total number of subscriptions to Current Expenses 7,004 

Total amount subscribed to Current Expenses $181,081 

Total amount subscribed for Ben. and Current Exp $340,3(^ 

Amount short of Benevolent Quota $17,630 

Forty-two churches have made no report of their Every Mem- 
ber Canvass either to the Presbyterial Secretary of Stewardship or 
to the Presbytery except that one or two stated that such a canvass 
had been made, but gave no other information concerning the can- 
vass. The names of such churches are as follows : 



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27 



Allen 

Bethlehem 
Beulah 
Biscoe 
Brainard 
Camden 
Cameronian 
Candor 
Carmel 
Ellerbe 
Hopewell 
Tuntersville 
ndian Trail 
^ilesville 



^ocust 

vlacedonia 

Mark's Creek 

Vlarston 

vlatthews 

.Vlidland 

Morgan Alemorial 

Morven 

No. Charlotte 

Norwood 

Oakboro 

Palestine 

Peachland 

Pee Dee 



Polkton 

Providence 

Roberdell 

Salem 

Six Mile Creek 

Stanfield 

Star 

Stevenson 

Thomasboro 

Troy 

Turner 

Wadesboro 

Wadeville 



Your Committee makes the following recommendations : 

1st. That the Treasurers of Churches, Woman's Auxiliaries, 
Sunda}^ Schools and Young People's Societies be urged to remit all 
Benevolent Funds in their hands to Mr. W. E. Price, 30 West Fifth 
Street, Charlotte, N. C, Treasurer of Benevolent Funds of Meck- 
lenburg Presbytery, ON THE FIRST DAY OF EACH MONTH, as 
your Committee believes that regular and prompt disbursement of 
the Benevolent Funds is a very material factor in the matter of 
fidelity to God concerning our gifts for the promotion of His King- 
dom. 

2nd. That when a Church remits Benevolent Funds direct, a 
monthly report be mailed to Mr. W. E. Price so that the report of 
such a church may be included in the quarterly report sent out from 
the office of Synod's Secretary of Stewardship. 

3rd. That Church Treasurers be instructed by the Sessions of 
their churches not to use Benevolent Funds for the purpose of pay- 
ing Pastor's Salaries, Current Expenses or Presb3^terial Tax, such 
use of their money being a misappropriation of trust funds, and re- 
sults in reducing the contributions of the members when they dis- 
cover that such is the practice of the Treasurer, and we further 
recommend two Treasurers for each Church, one for Current Ex- 
penses and the other for Benevolenes, and that the funds be kept 
entirely separate and distinct. 

4th. That concerted effort be made by the churches of the Pres- 
bytery to bring their membership to the observance of the Tithe. 

5th. That all Pastors, Elders and Deacons be urged to follow up 
their Every Member Canvass until the entire amount of their Benev- 
olent Askings for the year beginning April i, 1927, shall have been 
subscribed in full, and that, as soon as the full amount is subscribed 
that they make a report to the Presbyterial Secretary of Steward- 
ship. 

6th. That the Stewardship Committee in connection with Pres- 
bytery's Home Mission Committee arrange a Spiritual Life Con- 
ference for the Ministers of the Presbytery, this conference to be 
devoted to discussion and conference upon prayer, the study of the 
Word and evangelism. 

S. B. McLEAN, 

Chairman and Presbyterial Secretary of Stewardship. 



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Exhibit A. Report of amounts subscribed to the Benevolent Causes 

in the Every Member Canvass for the Year Beginning 

April 1, 1927 

"A" after amounts subscribed indicates that the Church sub- 
scribed their Benevolent Askings in full. 

Ben. Quo. Amt. Sub. 

Albemarle , $ 960 * $ i,204A 

Allen 35 

Altan 99 80 

Amity 508 508A 

Badin 298 310A 

Banks 616 500 

Bethany 70 

Bethel 555 200 

Bethlehem 200 

Beulah 55 

Biscoe 123 

Brainard 156 

Caldwell Memorial 10,829 ii,25oA 

Camden 64 

Cameronian 192 

Candor 176 

Carmel 568 

Central Steele Creek 930 i,oooA 

Charlotte First 54,360 50,670 

Charlotte Second 49,5i5 54,i9oA 

Cook's Memorial 500 505A 

Cornelius 276 160 

Ellerbe 89 

Hamlet 879 987A 

Hopewell 880 

Huntersville 2,248 

Indian Trail 100 

Lee Park 117 

Lilesville 22 

Locust 140 

Macedonia 220 

Mallards Creek 1,104 1,000 

Mark's Creek 316 

Marshville 294 250 

Marston 60 

Matthews 291 

McGee 732 700 

McLean Memorial 36 38A 

Midland 45 

Monroe 3,570 3,57oA 

Morgan Memorial 50 

Morven 451 

Mt. Carmel 152 60 

Mt. Gilead 300 100 



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Ben. Quo. Amt. Sub. 

Mulberry 1,240 940 

Myers Park 4.713 

Newell 780 i,277A 

Norman 57 43 

North Charlotte 220 

Norwood 600 

Oakboro 25 

Pageland 88 70 

Palestine 16 

Paw Creek 1,620 i,8o6A 

Peachland "72 

Pee Dee I55 

Plaza 438 477A 

Philadelphia i,347 i,36oA 

Pineville 840 775 

Pleasant Hill 512 55oA 

Polkton 74 

Porter 81 35 

Providence 892 

Ramah 460 400 

Rehoboth 47 46 

Roberdell 243 

Robinson 453 200 

Rockingham 650 383 

Rourk's Chapel Z'^ 17 

Salem 60 

Seversville 875 i,i48A 

Sharon 2,232 2,843A 

Siler 200 100 

Six-MileCreek 70 

Stanfield 46 

Star 22. 

Stevenson 

Steele Creek 7,i6o 6,192 

St. Paul 1,385 i,62iA 

Sugaw Creek 1,628 i,ii7 

Tenth Avenue 5,8io 3,500 

Thomasboro 260 200 

Troy 123 

Unionville 126 

Turner 96 50 

Wadesboro 864 

Wadeville . 60 

Walkersville 208 50 

Waxhaw 848 320 

West Avenue 1,508 i,902A 

Westminster 6,010 7,99iA 

William's Memorial 1,200 i,20oA 

Wilmore 126 126A 



Total $175,855 $169,436 

Presbytery took recess till 1 :30 p. m. 



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THURSDAY AFTERNOON 

Presbytery resumed business at 1 :30 p. m. 

The matter of Albemarle Institute was resumed. 

A resolution was adopted giving the Trustees of Albe- 
marle Institute authority to raise funds for the equipment 
of the school. 

ALBEMARLE NORMAL AND INDUSTRIAL 
INSTITUTE 

Presbytery has heard with deep appreciation the report 
of the Trustees of the Albemarle Normal School. 

We assure them of our sympathy with their great work 
and also with their great need, and we hereby authorize 
them to lay their needs before the churches of the Presby- 
tery, and to raise what sum is necessary to perpetuate this 
school. 

We urge our pastors to give them access to their pulpits. 

The following resolution touching Mrs. Elva C. Harris 
was adopted: 

The Presbytery hereby expresses its sincere regret that Mrs. 
Elva C. Harris is severing her connection as Superintendent of Al- 
bemarle Normal and Industrial Institute, which she has held for 
II years so faithfully and efficiently. 

We assure Mrs. Harris of our prayers and interest in her future 
and wish her Godspeed. 

At the same time Presbytery will assure Miss Kate Pridgen, 
as the new Superintendent, of our co-operation and support. 

Mr. J. B. Johnston, Superintendent of the Orphanage at 
Barium Springs was heard, and Presbytery expressed its 
appreciation of his address and its interest in the Orphan- 
age. 

The Committee on Bills and Overtures reported and the 
report was amended as follows : 

That a committee be appointed to investigate the ad- 
visability of overturing Synod to give financial aid to the 
Presbyterian Standard, and that this committee report at 
an adjourned meeting before the meeting of Synod. 



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The following committee was appointed : A. S. Johnson, 
W. H. Frazer, C. W. Somerville, R. A. Dunn, and W. H. 
Belk. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON THE SABBATH AND 
FAMILY RELIGION 

Although the attitude of the people toward the Sabbath does 
not change materially in a single year there are some tendencies 
which are both encouraging and discouraging. Because of the great 
revolutions in the mode and manner of travel, the automobile and 
good roads, the temptations to use the day for social visiting and 
pleasure is greater now than ever before and many are yielding to 
this temptation. But many are going to church also and using these 
modern comforts and conveniences for the glory of God. 

A recent test of the Sabbath question in the country at large has 
been most enlightening and encouraging. After a solemn promise to 
the State legislature of Pennsylvania and the general public that the 
Sesqui-Centennial would not be opened on the Sabbath, this pledge 
was violated and the gates were thrown open on the Lord's day with 
the result that only 5,000,000 people attended instead of 25,000,000 as 
was expected and the fair was a financial failure. 

Another encouraging feature of the question is the fact that 
industry and labor organizations are coming to the side of the 
Church, including those serving the government, and demanding 
one day's rest in seven for all who toil. In this service, the Lord's 
Day Alliance is rendering a memorable service. During the past 
few years the Alliance has been instrumental in securing a rest day 
for thousands of these workers. 

Sometime ago at a great meeting of letter carriers in Mecca 
Temple, New York, Dr. Bowlby, Secretary of the Alliance, was in- 
troduced to the meeting for a speech, and was greeted as the man 
who put "Sun" in Sunday, for the letter carriers. Prohibition is 
securer today than it was before the Civil War, when the movement 
was sponsored almost entirely by the Church. Today industry and 
labor are its allies. So with the Sunday question, labor is demand- 
ing one day's rest in seven, and industry is willing to give it. 

We recommend that the last Sabbath of October be designated 
as a time for taking an offering for the Lord's Day Alliance. 

There is a gradual increase in establishing family altars. 

R. J. McILWAIN. 
The report was adopted. 
The Committee on Thanks made the following report : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON THANKS 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg, meeting at the Albemarle 
Presbyterian Church for its regular Spring meeting in April, 1927, 
hereby extends its thanks to the pastor and congregation of this 



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church for their hospitable entertainment accorded the Presbytery 
in their commodious and beautiful church building and in their 
homes, and it desires also to express its apperciation of the hos- 
pitality and uniform courtesy extended to its members by the peo- 
ple of other denominations in the City of Albemarle. Every facility 
has been provided for the expeditious transaction of the business of 
the Presbytery, and those in attendance have been furnished all 
needed comforts at the church and in the homes and much has been 
done for our pleasure as well during the leisure hours, especially the 
interesting trip to Badin, where an opportunity was afforded of 
seeing the aluminum plant and the great power plant on the Pee 
Dee river. Presbytery hereby records its acknowledgment of and 
gratitude for this gracious entertainment and bids the Albemarle 
Church and its faithful and efficient pastor Godspeed in the Mas- 
ter's service. 

S. B. McLEAN, Chairman. 
The report was adopted by a rising vote. 

PRESBYTERY'S HOME MISSIONS 

Your Standing Committee on Home Missions begs to report 
that they have examined the report of the Executive Committee and 
recommend : 

1. That Presbytery approve the report of the committee and 
that they be commended for their excellent work and for the busi- 
nesslike way in which they have managed the financial end of their 
work. 

2. That Presbytery adopt the recommendations of the Execu- 
tive Committee on Appropriations. 

2. That Presbytery adopt the recommendations of the Execu- 
tive Committee on Appropriations. 

3. That Presbytery re-elect their faithful and efficient Super- 
intendent, Rev. A. A. Walker. 

4. That Presbytery re-elect the Executive Committee of Home 
Missions with the following exception : Rev. C. G. Long to take the 
place of Dr. W. R. Coppedge, deceased, and Rev. C. H. Rowan to 
take the place of Dr. H. E. Gurney, resigned. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. H. JOHNSTON, Chairman. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF HOME MISSIONS 

Report of the Executive Committee of Home Missions to Pres- 
bytery meeting in Albemarle, April 12, 1927. 

The Work 

The year just closed has been marked by some of the finest 
work being done in Home Mission fields which it has been our 



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privilege to observe in all these years we have been intrusted with 
the direction of this work. The work being done by some of these 
men is, in the judgment of the Committee, the outstanding work of 
the Presbytery. They have been tireless in their endeavor to press 
forward and they are being rewarded with growing churches, and 
in a few cases with fine church buildings. It is this kind of work 
that heartens the Committee, and keeps us looking for the silvery 
lining to our many clouds. 

In other respects the year has been an unusual one, presenting 
to the Committee a number of pecuHar problems ; and at times we 
have been hard put to know just what was the right course to pur- 
sue. But we have done the best we knew how, and we feel that 
the Lord has led us in the way; at least we begin the new year with 
a bright future, and hope for better things ahead. 

One of the serious problems which we have had to face this 
year was the changing of men on the field, and the keeping of the 
churches supplied with suitable men. We began the year rejoicing 
that arrangements had been completed whereby every Home Mis- 
sion field in the Presbytery would be supplied. That happy arrange- 
ment had hardly begun until this man and that began to make a 
change. As a result we have had more vacant fields during the last 
half of the year than for years before. Special effort is being put 
forth by our Superintendent just at this time to remedy this situa- 
tion. The problem is to find suitable men for our work. The ^ork 
is hard, and we are limited to such low salaries that it is hard to 
get just the kind of men we want for our Home Mission fields. 

During the year the church buildings at Candor, Norman, and 
the Plaza have been completed and they are now being used with 
telling effect for the Kingdom and our Church in their respective 
localties. 

Wilmore is building a fine new brick building. Their location 
is most ideal, being out in the residential section of that part of the 
city, and at five points. It has a commanding position for all that 
section. Their building when completed will cost them about $15,000 
in addition to the lot for which they paid $3,600. This church is also 
in sore need of a manse and the congregation is now forming some 
plans looking in that direction. This is one of those churches 
where both pastor and people are working with all their might to 
complete their church plant and build up the Kingdom in that sec- 
tion of the city. Your committee has been able to assist them in 
their building program only to the extent of $1,000. We wish we 
had been given the funds so we could have done more. 

The Marshville Church will build their new manse right away. 
They are hoping to get some money from the Assembly's Home 
Mission Committee to help them do it. They need help for they 
have been carrying a heavy church debt for several years. This is 
but one of the many reminders of how seriously your own Home 
Mission Committee is in need of an adequate church and manse 
building fund. 

We now have 47 churches under the care of the Home Mission 
Committee, and six mission points. These are grouped into 19 sep- 



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arate pastoral charges. Reports from the men of the field show 
that there has been received into the Home Mission churches on 
profession of faith 195, and by letter 100, making a total of 295. This 
total may be slightly changed when it is compared with the actual 
statistics of these churches, as sent to Presbytery. 

The following churches, or groups, are vacant except for tem- 
porary supplies: North Charlotte; Troy, Wadeville, and Star; 
Unionville, Bethlehem, and Midland; Roberdell, Cameronian, and 
Brainard; Peachland and Polkton ; Morven, Camden, and Lilesville. 

North Charlotte is being temporarily supplied by Rev. J. G. 
Garth, and Mark's Creek by Dr. Lynn R. Walker, of Hamlet. The 
committee appreciates the fine work that is being done by these 
brethren and these churches are happy to have them. Candor, Bis- 
coe, and Macedonia have called Rev. A. L. McDuffie, of Manchester, 
Iowa (U. S. A. Church), and he has accepted the calls, and expects 
to be on the field by the middle of May. 

Finances 

Total receipts from the churches last year amounted to $18,- 
664.76 as compared to $18,731.59 for the same period the year before. 
Total receipts from all sources, including balance of last year, 
amounted to $20,858.34. Total expenditures for the year amounted 
to $18,782.14, leaving a balance on hand at the beginning of this year 
of $2,076.20. 

We are glad to be able to report a balnce on hand with which to 
begin the year. We propose to keep out of debt if it is at all pos- 
sible, and the balance will all be needed to pay salaries in the first 
few months of the year when receipts are usually very small. We 
are able to report a balance then only because of the many vacant 
fields which we have had during the year ; and because we have 
constantly turned a deaf ear to the call for help in church and manse 
erection. For instance at the last regular meeting of the commit- 
tee for the year urgent requests came, pleading with us to help in 
the building of churches and manses to the amount of over $7,500. 
We helped a little, but it is an exceedingly little bit that we can 
spare from the general fund for work of this kind. If our fields 
were regularly supplied, we would not have a cent for this work. So 
the committee again calls upon the Presbytery to furnish it with an 
adequate church and manse erection fund, or place this particular 
part of the work under the care of another committee. That fund 
should not be less than $25,000 to start with. It could be loaned out 
to weak churches at a low rate of interest, say 4 per cent, to be 
returned over a long period of time and no man could tell the value 
of just such a fund in days to come. 

Polices 

For the information of the Presbytery, and especially for the 

younger men coming into the Presbytery, we restate a few of the 

policies of the committee, all of which have been approved by the 
Presbytery on former occasions. 

I. It is the policy of the committee to reduce all appropriations 
to the fields each year 10 per cent. This is not done that the men 
on the field shall receive less salary, but that the churches served 



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shall make up this difference, and that they may serve as a stimulus 
to the churches to become self-supporting, and at the same time it 
releases funds to be used in developing new^ fields. At the last meet- 
ing of the Synod's Home Mission Committee this action of our com- 
mittee w^as adopted as the policy of Synod. There is a loud call go- 
ing up over the state urging churches that have long been receiving 
Home Mission money to bend every effort to become self-support- 
ing. In the future your committee will want to know the reason for 
not enforcing this principle in any given field, or it will be applied. 

2. The committee expects every pastor engaged in Home Mis- 
sion work to live on the field he serves. 

3. The committee will expect all applications for aid in building 
churches and manses to be made in writing. Such applications must 
show cost of building contemplated and the amount of money al- 
ready raised for the same. The committee must formally pass on 
all applications before they can be held as binding for appropria- 
tions. 

4. Churches receiving aid from the Home Mission Committee 
are expected to pay in full their apportionment to Presbytery's Home 
Missions. 

Recommendations 

We offer the following recommendations : 

1. That Rev. A. A. Walker be re-elected Superintendent of 
Home Missions. 

2. That Rev. R. J. Mcllwain be re-elected EvangeHst of Union 
and Anson counties. 

3. That a new group be formed in Richmond County to con- 
sist of Marks Creek, Marston, Rourks Chapel, and McLean Me- 
morial. Leaving Ellerbe, Mt. Carmel, and Norman in one group, 
and Brainard, Cameronian, and Roberdell in another. This re- 
grouping to take effect in the Fall. 

4. That Presbytery grant the following supplies : Pageland, 
Beulah, and Salem, W. P. Chedester; Stanfield, T. F. Huneycutt; 
Baden and Palestine, A. S. Anderson. 

5. That Presbytery grant the committee the privilege of em- 
ploying J. A. Mclntyre for the summer at Marston, McLean Me- 
morial, and Rourks Chapel. The other church in this group, Marks 
Creek, provided the Presbytery sees fit to grant this formation, is 
being supplied for the time by Dr. Lynn R. Walker, of Hamlet. This 
is why we are asking that this new grouping take effect in the fall. 

Request is asked that the committee be alowed to employ W. G. 
Thomas, a middler at Union Seminary, Richmond, Va., in the Eller- 
be group for the summer; and T. F. Wallace a junior at Columbia 
Seminary in the Bethlehem group for the summer. 

6. That we express our appreciation for the loyal and enthu- 
siastic support we have received from many pastors, churches, 
church organizations, and individuals during the year. 

6. That in view of the pressing needs of the work ; and the 



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great importance of Home Missions as a foundation work for 
building up the Kingdom not only here at home but even on the 
Foreign Field, Presbytery urge each church, when at all possible, to 
pay in full its apportionment to Presbytery's Home Missions, namely 
15 per cent of the total benevolent budget. 

7. That Presbytery approve the following appropriations for 
the year 1927-28. 

APPORTIONMENTS RECOMMENDED TO MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY FOR THE YEAR FROM MARCH 31, 1927 

TO MARCH 31, 1928, BY THE HOME 

MISSION COMMITTEE 

Superintendent's Salary $ 3,000.00 

Robinson and Allen 675.00 

Cornelius and Bethel 300.00 

Indian Trail and Siler 400.00 

Marshville 700.00 

Peachland and Polkton 900.00 

Troy, Wadeville and Star 600.00 

Wilmore 900.00 

Ellerbe, Mt. Carmel and Norman 600.00 

Roberdel, Brainard and Cameronian 600.00 

Marks Creek, Marston, McLean Mem'l and Rourks Chapel 600.00 

Oakboro, Locust, Stanfield and Morgan Memorial 450.00 

Pageland, Beulah and Salem 500.00 

Walkersville, Rehobeth, Bethany and Altan 400.00 

Candor, Biscoe and Macedonia 700.00 

North Charlotte 900.00 

Unionville, Bethlehem and Midland 1,000.00 

Plaza Church 300.00 

Traveling expenses Superintendent and part of house rent 1,000.00 

Incidental expenses 500.00 

Salary of Secretary Synod's Stewardship 376.00 

Wilmore Church Building Fund 1,000.00 

Troy Church 2,000.00 

Automobile Contingent Fund 500.00 

Mt. Gilead Building Fund 500.00 

Union County Evangelist 600.00 

Contingent Fund for New Work 1,000.00 

$21,001.00 
J. M. WALKER, Chairman. 
The Treasurer's Report, properly audited, is hereby attached: 



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REPORT OF W. E. PRICE, TREASURER OF MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY HOME MISSION COMMITTEE 

For the Year Ending March 31, 1927 

Receipts 

Balance from March 31, 1926 $ 2,113.58 

Received from Churches 18,664.76 

Dividends Commercial National Bank 24.00 

Church and Alanse Erection Fund 56.00 

$20,858.34 

Disbursements 

Paid to Workers to April i, 1927 $12,857.67 

NorM^ood Church Building 200.00 

Badin Church Building 1.500.00 

Candor Church Building 400.00 

Norman Church Building 500.00 

Roberdell Manse 395-00 

Note — M. & F. Bank 1,500.00 

Note — $400.00 and Int. T. M. Hartsell (Locust Prop.) 504.97 

Note — M. & F. Bank 500.00 

Interest— M. & F. Bank 85.00 

Postage — Superintendent and Treasurer 25,00 

Printing 120.95 

Auto Ins. & Ins. on N. Charlotte Church Building 67.50 

Worker of Training School summer months 87.05 

Traveling Expenses of Committee and Superintendent 39.00 

Balance on Hand 2,076.20 

$20,858.34 

Liabilities 

None. 

Assets 

Note — Statesville Avenue (Stock) $ 650.00 

2 Shares Commercial National Bank 450.00 

Dodge Touring Car 350.00 

$1,450.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. E. PRICE, Treasurer. 

Attest : 

We have carefully audited the books of W. E. Price, Treasurer 
Home Mission Committee, and find same correct as per above state- 
ment. 

J. O. THOMAS. 

J. F. JAMISON, Auditors. 



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ANNUAL REPORT OF W. E. PRICE, TREASURER 

BENEVOLENCES MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY 

From April 1, 1926 to ApHI 1, 1927 

Cause Receipts Disbursements Balance 

Bible Society $ 126.20 $ 126.20 

Barium Springs Orphanage 1,901.24 1,901.24 

Church and Manse Erection _ — 56.00 56,00 

Education and Ministerial Relief. 1,533.26 1,533.26 

Schools and Colleges 1,927.13 1,927.13 

Foreign Missions 6,796.81 6,796.81 

Assembly's Home Missions 3,191.60 3,191.60 

Synod's Home Missions 1,634.61 1,634.61 

Presbytery's Home Missions 

Balance April i, 1926 — $ 2,113.58 

Receipts $18,744.76 

$20,858.34 $18,856.14 $ 2,076.20 

Training School 132.84 132.84 

Sunday School Extension 1,000.27 1,000.27 

Near East Relief 18.00 18.00 

Spillman Salary 23.00 23.00 

Presbyterial Tax 18.00 18.00 



$39,217.30 $37,141.10 $ 2,150.20 
W. E. PRICE, Treasurer. 



Attest 



We hereby certify that we have carefully checked the books of 
W. E. Price, Treasurer of Mecklenburg Presbytery, and find same 
correct as per statement above. 

J. F. JAMISON, Auditors. 
J. O. THOMAS. 

The report was adopted. 

The following report was adopted : 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg, in session at Albemarle, April 13, 
1927: 

T. F. Grier, licentiate, begs leave to report as follows : That I have 
supplied the churches of Waxhaw and Six-Mile Creek since last meeting 
of Presbytery, preaching at Waxhaw twice a day on the first and third 
Sabbaths of each month, and in the afternoon of the second and fourth 
Sabbaths at Six-Mile Creek. In doing this work the licentiate has sought 
and endeavored to follow the guidance of the Spirit. 

Respectfully submitted, 

T. F. GRIER. 

Mr. Grier's diligence was commended and he was given per- 



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mission to supply at Waxhaw and Six-Mile Creek till the fall 
meeting of Presbytery. 

At the request of the Carmel Church, a committee was ap- 
pointed to investigate the advisability of dissolving the church. 
The committee consists of H. E. Gurney, W. H. Johnstone, 
J. G. Garth, and J. P. Sample, and is instructed to report at the 
next adjourned meeting. 

The Stated Clerk read the statistical report to the General 
Assembly. The report was adopted and the clerk was permitted 
to fill in for late reports of churches. 

The Committee on Presbyterial Records report that we have ex- 
amined the records and find nothing needing the attention of Presbytery. 

(Signed) THOS. F. HUNEYCUTT. 
J. F. STEPHENSON. 

Motion was adopted that when we adjourn, we adjourn to 
meet in the First Church, Charlotte, on June 6th, a 2 :00 p. m. 

Invitation of St. Paul's Church for the Fall meeting of Pres- 
bytery was accepted. 

The Committee on Synod's Home Missions reported nothing 
of interest to report. 

. Rev. W. H. Frazer was appointed to preach the Presbyterial 
Sermon at the Fall meeting. 

The report of Trustees of Presbytery was placed on the 
docket. 

Second Tuesday, at 10 a. m., after meeting of Synod, was 
set as time of Fall meeting. 

Calling of the roll was dispensed with. 

Presbytery adjourned, with a song, and the benediction. 

J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 
Q. N. HUNEYCUTT, Temporary Clerk. 
LYNN R. WALKER, Moderator. 
Attest: J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



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ADJOURNED MEETING 

December 6, 1926. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session at the 
First Church, Charlotte, a 2 :00 p. m., and was called to order 
by the Moderator, Rev. R. J. Mcllwain, constituted with prayer 
by Rev. B. F. Yandell. 

The following were present : 

Ministers: C. C. Beam, C. H. Little, R. J. Mcllwain, J. M. 
Walker, J. W. Stork, P. W. Wilson, L. W. Brown, I. E. Wal- 
lace, J. C. McGehee, W. H. Johnston, J. F. Ligon, B. B. 
Shankel, H. H. Cassaday, S. B. Lyerly, W. S. Hamiter, B. F. 
Yandell, H. E. Gurney, W. B. S. Chandler, R. W. Culbertson, 
T. F. Honeycutt, R. S. Burwell, J. Hector Smith, M. E. Pea- 
body, S. B. Lyerly, J. W. Grier, A. S. Johnson, S. A. Ewart, 

A. A. Walker, J. R. Bridges, A. A. McGeachy, J. G. Garth, 
J. W. Stork. 

Churches represented : J. W. Pharr, Charlotte Second ; W. 

B. Bradford, Charlotte First, R. W. Blackwelder, Seversville; 
J. A. Mclntyre, Ellerbe; C. B. Grier, Pineville; W. L. Sum- 
merville, Thomasboro; J. P. Sample, Carmel; S. A. Wilson, 
Steele Creek; J. M. Miller, Philadelphia; W. E. Price, Caldwell 
Memorial ; W. A. Jamison, West Avenue. 

Certificates were presented by Rev. Parks W. Wilson, of 
West Jersey Presbytery, U. S. A., and Rev. B. Frank Yandell, 
of Asheville Presbytery. Both of these brethren were examined 
on Experimental Religion by the Moderator. The examination 
on Theology was conducted by Dr. A. S. Johnson. The exami- 
nation on Church Government was conducted by Rev. R. S. 
Burwell. The examinations as a whole were sustained, and Mr. 
Wilson and Mr. Yandell were received and enrolled, after sign- 
ing the covenant. 

Elder J. D. Ramsay, of the West Avenue Church, was 
granted the privileges of the floor. 

The calls of West Avenue and Seversville Churches for 
Revs. P. W. Wilson and B. F. Yandell, respectively, were placed 
in their hands and accepted by them. 

The following commissions were appointed to install : 

Dr. Johnson, Rev. J. F. Ligon, Dr. Somerville, and W. A. 



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Jamison, December 19, 1926, at 3 :00 p. m., to install Rev. P. W. 
Wilson at West Avenue. 

Revs. J. G. Garth, J. F. Ligon, J. M. Walker, and Elder 
R. W. Blackwelder were appointed to install Rev. B. Frank 
Yandell at Seversville, at 3 :00 p. m., December 12, 1926. 

Mr. J. D. Withrow, of the Badin Church, presented an ap- 
plication to be received as a candidate for the ministry. 

Mr. Withrow was examined on Personal Piety and Motives 
for Seeking- the Ministry, by the Moderator, which being satis- 
factory, he was received as a candidate for the ministry. The 
charge was delivered by Dr. H. E. Gurney, and prayer was 
offered by the Moderator. 

The commission to install Rev. T. M. Stribling at Rocking- 
ham reported as follows : 

The commission appointed to install Rev. T. M. Stribling as pastor 
at Rockingham performed this duty, November 28, 1926, at 7 :30 p. m. 
Rev. L. R. Walker, D.D., presided, preached and propounded the consti- 
tutional questions. In the absence of Rev. W. R. Coppedge, D.D., Rev. 
C E. White charged both the pastor and the people. The other members 
of the commission present were : Elders J. E. McLaughlin and A, N. 
Graham. 

C. E. WHITE, Clerk to Commission. 

The committee to install Rev. W. H, Johnston at Amity, performed 
this duty November 21st, at 3 :00 p. m. Rev. W. H, Frazer, D.D., pre- 
sided, preached and propounded the questions ; Rev. L. W. Brown charged 
the pastor, and Elder W. E. Price charged the people. Rev. A. S. John- 
son, D.D., was unable to attend. 

L. W. BROWN, Qerk of Commission. 

The commission to install Rev. W. T. Smith at Bethel and 
Cornelius reported as follows : 

Commission to install Rev. W. T. Smith at Bethel and Cornelius 
Churches, met at Bethel Church, November 21, 1926, at 11 o'clock, and 
was constituted with prayer by the chairman, Rev. R. J. Mcllwain. 
Present : Rev. R. J. Mcllwain, Rev. R. S. Burwell, Rev. J. W. Grier, and 
Elders J. L. Choate. Mr. Grier was made clerk. Mr. Mcllwain preached 
a sermon, presided and propounded the constitutional questionss. Mr. 
Burwell charged the pastor and Mr. Grier the people. The commission 
met at Cornelius at 2:30 p. m. the same day and proceeded with the in- 
stallation services, following the same order as at Bethel, in the morning. 

The commission to organize a church at Stevenson made an 
additional report as to the election and ordination of officers : 

The commission to organize a church at Stevenson School House 
and which made a partial report to a former Presbytery, but was con- 



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tinued to complete the organization by the election of officers, reports 
that duty performed on April 25, 1926. The ordination and installation 
were performed on May 2nd following. The officers installed are : 
Elders: W. H. Presley, W, A. Elms, Frank Elms. Deacons: J. A. 
Presley, Tom Yandel, Richard Kiker, Frank Kimbrell. 

The commission to organize a church at Myers Park 
reported : 

The commission appointed at the Fall meeting of Presbytery to or- 
ganize a Presbyterian Church in Myers Park, would present the follow- 
ing report : 

The commission met in the chapel of Queens College, Sunday morning, 
November 7, 1926, immediately following Divine worship. The following 
members were present : Revs. W. H. Frazer, G. F. Bell and C. C. Beam, 
with Ruling Elders R. A. Dunn and J. Arthur Henderson. C. C. Beam 
was appointed secretary. 

The commission organized the church according to the Book of 
Church Order, with a membership of 245. 

Thos. McP. Glasgow and Hunter Marshall, Jr., were elected elders, 
and Eddie E. Jones and Jno. A. Tate were elected deacons. Messrs. 
Marshall, Glasgow, Jones and Tate, all of whom had already been or- 
dained, were installed into office. 

C. C. Beam, Secretary of Committee. 

The church was enrolled. 

Rev. R. W. Culbertson reported his attendance as Presby- 
tery's representative to the Hawfields celebration, which was 
accepted. This accounts for Mr. Culbertson's non-attendance 
at the Fall meeting. 

Rev. R. W. Culbertson offered a proposed overture to the 
General Assembly touching the rights of a pastor moderating 
a congregational meeting for the election of officers, which was 
referred to the Standing Committee on Bills and Overtures, to 
report at the next adjourned meeting, January 3, 1927. 

Mr. Culbertson and Rev. J. M. Walker were added to the 
Standing Committee on Bills and Overtures. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF ASSESSMENTS 

The Committee of Assessments reported and the report was 
adopted as follows : 

We recommend that : 

1. Inasmuch as 24 of our churches have failed to pay the assessment 
for 1925-26, that the Stated Clerk be instructed to address an earnest and 
urgent letter to each of these churches, informing them of the importance 



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of this matter, and that Presbytery expects them to pay ; and the clerk is 
to continue these communications with the delinquent churches by letter 
and otherwise until a settlement is effected. 

2. That in view of following estimate of receipts and disbursements 
that the assessment of each church for 1926-27 shall be 23 cents per 
member, based on the total membership. 

The following is the financial statement : 

Estimated Expense for Next Year : Balance in Bank, Dec. 1 __ $ 610.70 

Stewardship Com. $1,039.00 Estimated returns this year 

Stated Qerk 200.00 from delinquent churches 200.00 

Permanent Qerk 30.00 Estimated payment from 

Treasurer 100.00 churches, April 1, 1927, 

General Assembly 1,247.00 at 23c — 3,584.32 

Synod 233.00 

Vacation Bible Cchools __ 300.00 Total $4,195.02 

Printing Minutes 400.00 Less estimated expense 

Other Printing, etc. 25.00 till April 1, 1927 75.00 

Miscellaneous 50.00 

$4,120.02 



$3,624.00 



An adjourned meeting of Presbytery was ordered for the 
first Monday of January, 3rd, at 10 a. m., for prayer for Pres- 
bytery's guidance in the work of stewardship, both ministers and 
people, and at 2 :00 p. m., for a business session. 

The week preceding the week of the Every Member Can- 
vass was set apart for a week of prayer for the Every Member 
Canvass. 

The Stated Clerk was granted permission to add names 
omitted from the roll of the Fall meeting. 

Rev. Wilson W. Moore was granted permission to labor 
outside our bounds till the Spring meeting. 

A paper from 51 members of Sharon Church was read ask- 
ing for a judicial commission to visit their church. A commit- 
tee was appointed to confer with these petitioners as to the regu- 
larity of their request. The Moderator was empowered to ap- 
point the five members of the committee. The following were 
appointed: Revs. J. W. Stork, J. W. Grier, J. M. Walker, 
and Elders W. E. Price and William Anderson. 

The clerk was empowered to purchase a safe for the keeping 
of the records of Presbytery. 

Rev. J. Hector Smith was granted a letter of dismission to 
Pee Dee Presbytery. 



44 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

The minutes were read and approved. 
Adjourned with prayer by Rev. J. Hector Smith. 

R. J. McILWAIN, Moderator. 

J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 

Addenda to Fall Meeting at Banks : 

The following should be added to the rolls : W. L. Wallis 
(G. W. Neely), Tenth Avenue; F. S. McConnell (Bethel), L. 
A. Marshall (Mulberry), J. P. Sample (Carmel). 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 45 

ADJOURNED MEETING 

January 3, 1927. 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in adjourned session 
in the First Church, Charlotte, January 3, 1927, at 10 a. m. The 
Moderator, Rev. R. J. Mcliwain, presided. The meeting was 
opened with prayer by Rev. C. W. Somerville, D.D. The fol- 
lowing were enrolled : 

Ministers: R. J. Mcliwain, S. B. McLean, J. W. Stork, A. 
S. Johnson, J. R. Bridges, W. B. Mcllwaine, W. H. Frazer, C. 
W. Somerville, R. W. Culbertson, A. A. Walker, Q. N. Huney- 
cutt, W. T. Smith, B. F. Yandell, J. G. Garth, J. M. Walker, 
H. H. Cassady, R. S. Burwell, W. H. Johnston, S. B. Lyerly, 
W. B. S. Chandler, G. F. Bell, C. H. Rowan, H. E. Gurney, C. 
E. White, W. C. Underwood, J. W. Grier, I. E. Wallace, C. H. 
Little, A. A. McGeachy, L E. Wallace, L. W. Brown. 

Elders: C. F. Spain (Cook's), C. A. Summerville (Paw 
Creek), W. S. Biggers (Thomasboro), W. A. Jamison (West 
Avenue), S. A. Wilson (Steele Creek), W. W. Faires 
(Sharon), W. H. Belk (Monroe), J. W. Pharr (Second 
Church). 

The exercises were turned over to the Secretary of Steward- 
ship, Rev. S. B. McLean, who conducted the special season of 
intercession for Stewardship. The following program of devo- 
tional talks was interspersed with songs and prayers : 

The Need for More Knowledge of the Word of God, on the 
Part of All of Our People : Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr. 

The Need for a Deeper Consciousness of the Reality of God : 
Dr. W. H. Frazer. 

The Need for a Deper Sense of Sin: Dr. G. F. Bell. 

The Need of a Deeper Love for Men : Dr. C. W. Somer- 
ville. 

The Realization of the Foregoing Needs as a Basis of Stew- 
ardship: Rev. A. A. Walker. 

Brief voluntary testimonies bearing upon above topics. 

Rev. Yossip Benjamin, of Piedmont Presbytery, was invited 
to sit as a visiting brother and introduced to Presbytery. 



46 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



The privileges of the floor were extended to Mr. J. B. Spill- 
man, Synod's Secretary of Stewardship. 

Recess was taken until 2 :00 p. m. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery met at 2 :00 p. m. 

Reports of the installations of Rev. B. Frank Yandell, at 
Seversville, and Rev. Parks W. Wilson, at West Avenue, were 
received from the commissions appointed, as follows : 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg : 

Your commission to install Rev. P. W. Wilson as pastor of West 
Avenue, met at the West Avenue Church at 3 :00 p. m., on Sunday, De- 
cember 19th. The commission was opened with prayer. Rev. A. S. 
Johnson presided, preached the sermon on 'A New Testament Church," 
and propounded the constitutional questions. Rev. J. F. Ligon charged 
the pastor, and Rev. Dr. C. W. Somerville charged the people. Mr. W. 
A. Jamison, elder, was present. The service was concluded with prayer 
and the benediction. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. F. LIGON, Secretary of Commission. 

To Mecklenburg Presbytery : 

The commission appointed to install Rev. B. Frank Yandell pastor 
of the Seversville Presbyterian Church, met at 2:00 p. m., December 
12th, and after prayer, was organized with Rev. J. G. Garth as chairman, 
and J. M. Walker, secretary. Present : Rev. J. F. Ligon, Rev. J. G. 
Garth, Rev. J. M. Walker, and Elder R. W. Blackwelder. 

Rev. J. G. Garth presided and propounded the constitutional ques- 
tions to pastor and people ; he also charged the pastor, and Rev. J. F. 
Ligon preached the sermon, and Rev. J, M. Walker charged the people. 
Service closed with the benediction. 

The Committee on Preserving the Records of Presbytery 
reported as follows : 

PRESERVATION OF RECORDS OF PRESBYTERY 

In accordance with the instructions of Presbytery, your Committee 
on preserving the records of Presbytery has purchased an iron fireproof 
safe. The safe is a safe cabinet, manufactured by one of the best com- 
panies producing fireproof safes, the Safe Cabinet Company, of Marietta, 
Ohio. The safe purchased is guaranteed to stand fire five hours, under 
test, and is listed under an Underwriters B label. It has been tested. 

The safe was purchased second-hand from the Peerless Products Co., 
of Charlotte, which was going out of business, and which not 12 months 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 47 



before this date, purchased the safe at dealers' price, for $196. Your 
committee paid $150 for the safe. 

The records have been brought from the Mecklenburg County Reg- 
ister of Deeds office, and taken from the trunk which contained them and 
deposited in the fireproof safe, which is located in the office of the present 
Stated Clerk, in the building occupied by the Presbyterian Standard Pub- 
lishing" Company, which is a one-story building, of brick, which under- 
writers estimate would not burn five hours in case of fire. 

The records so deposited are as follows : 

1. Nine manuscript volumes of minutes, beginning with the organi- 
zation of Mecklenburg Presbytery by the Synod of North Carolina, out 
of the bounds of Concord Presbytery, in the parlor of Mrs. Robert Pear- 
son, in Morganton, N. C, at 11:30 a. m., October 16, 1869, and closing 
with the called meeting of June 20, 1913, at First Church, Charlotte. 

2. Two bound volumes of printed minutes, from the 87th stated 
session, held in Albemarle, April 8-10, 1913, to the 112th stated session, 
held in Thomasboro Church, September 15-16, 1925, 

3. A number of copies of minutes of various dates, and many papers 
containing accounts of anniversaries of churches, etc. 

Rolls of churches and ministers. 

Sundry other minor articles, such as gavels, manuals, etc. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk, 
A. A. WALKER, 
W. E. PRICE, 

Committee. 

The Committee on Bills and Overtures made a report as 
follows : 

OVERTURE TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING IN 
EL DORADO, ARKANSAS, IN MAY, 1927 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg respectfully overtures the General 
Assembly to answer the following question : 

Does a pastor moderating a congregational meeting in his own church, 
have the right to cast the deciding vote of the congregation in case of a 
tie? 

Q. N. HUNEYCUTT, Chairman. 
The report was adopted and the overture was ordered to be 
sent to the Assembly. Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., asked that his 
dissenting vote be recorded. 

SHARON CHURCH 

The committee appointed to advise with certain petitioners of 



48 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Sharon Church reported, and the report was received, and is as 
follows : 

The committee appointed to advise with the petitioners from Sharon 
Church, met at the office of W. E, Price, December 22, 1926, at 10 a. m. 
Present: Revs. J. W. Stork, chairman, J. M, Walker, J. W. Grier, 
Elders W. E. Price and William Anderson. Opened with prayer by Rev. 
J. M. Walker. The petitioners were advised to present their request to 
the Session of Sharon Church that the Session might send the petition to 
the Presbytery or an appeal therefrom could be legally made. 

The pastor was requested to call the Session to meet prior to January 
3rd, and notify the petitioners when and where they might appear before 
them. 

W. E. PRICE, Secretary. 

A paper was read from Sharon Church leaving the matter to 
Presbytery to act as it saw wise. The Presbytery passed the 
following resolution : 

The Presbytery, being informed that certain evils exist in Sharon 
congregation, and in accordance with the Book of Church Order (1925), 
page 35, paragraph 76, citing the duties of Presbytery, "To visit churches 
for the purpose of inquiring into and redressing evils that may have arisen 
in them," when it adjourns, shall adjourn to meet at Sharon, Thursday, 
January 20th, at 10 a. m. 

The Clerk was instructed to inform the Session of Sharon 
Church of the coming meeting and ask that they give notice to 
the congregation on the two Sabbaths preceding the meeting. 

A day of prayer for Stewardship was appointed for the first 
Monday of March, at 10 a. m. 

In response to a petition from the Woman's Auxiliary of 
Sharon Church, hat a man of God be appointed to meet with 
them and pray with them, the Clerk was directed to write them 
asking their prayers for Divine guidance in the coming meeting 
of Presbytery. 

The minutes were read and approved. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer by Rev. J. W. Grier, to 
meet at Sharon Church, Tuesday, January 20th, at 10 a. m. 

R. J. McILWAIN, Moderator. 
J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 49 

ADJOURNED MEETING 

Sharon, January 20, 1927. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session at Sharon 
Church, Thursday, January 20, 1927, at 10 a. m. Devotional 
exercises were led by Rev. G. F. Bell, D.D. 

The Presbytery was called to order and led in prayer by the 
Moderator, Rev. R. J. Mcllwain. 

The following members were enrolled : 

Ministers : R. J. Mcllwain, J. G. Garth, J. W. Stork, H. E. 
Gurnev, D.D., W. B. S. Chandler, M. E. Peabody, A. S. John- 
son. D.D. A. R. Shaw, D.D., P. W. Wilson, B. Frank Yandell, 
W. H. Johnston, R. W. Culbertson, J. R. Bridges, D.D., L. W. 
Brown, W. S. Hamiter, J. W. Grier, S. B. McLean, A. A. 
Walker, C. H. Little, W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., G. F. Bell, D.D., 
J. F. Ligon, H. H. Cassady, R. S. Burwell, W. P. Chedester, 

B. B. Shankel, W. H. Frazer, D.D., S. A. Ewart, S. B. Lverly, 
J. M. Walker, I. E. Wallace. 

Churches represented : C. L. Abernethy, Sugaw Creek ; 
N. C. White, St. Paul; J. M. Miller, Philadelphia; S. A. Wilson, 
Steele Creek ; L. A. Marshall, Mulberry ; J. P. Sample, Carmel ; 
J. W. Monteith. Huntersville ; W. L. Summerville, Thomas- 
boro ; J. Archie Mclntyre, Ellerbe ; W. A. Jamison, West Ave- 
nue; W. B. Bradford, Charlotte First; J. O. Stancil, Amity; 

C. O. Howard, Providence; O. W. Potts, Banks; C. A. Sum- 
merville, Paw Creek ; W. L. Wallis, Tenth Avenue ; G. B. Chap- 
man, Caldwell Memorial ; C. B. Grier, Pineville ; R. R. Grier, 
Central Steele Creek; W. W. Farris, Sharon; W. B. Reid, 
Westminster. 

Moved and carried that the Presbytery now look into the 
disturbed conditions existing in Sharon Church. 

The Session and former Board of Deacons were requested 
to appoint one each to represent their causes before Presbytery, 
and that the Protestants be heard first, the Session second, the 
Pastor third. 

The Moderator was appointed to represent the Presbytery at 
the opening of the new Presbyterian church at Mt. Gilead, April 
10, 1927. 



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50 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



The Presbytery was led in prayer by Rev. A. S. Johnson, 
D.D., seeking Divine guidance. 

Mr. A. Q. Alexander represented the former Board of Dea- 
cons, and read a paper. 

Ruling Elder T. F. Black represented the Session, and spoke 
briefly. 

• Recess was taken until 2 :00 p. m. for lunch and to give the 
Session opportunity to reply in writing. 

Presbytery reconvened at 2 :00 p. m., and was led in prayer 
by Rev. Oscar Sample. 

The Session asked for more time, and was granted an addi- 
tional hour and a half. 

Clarence T. Carr, by request, led a song service. 

Rev. J. G. Garth, by request, preached before Presbytery 
on he subject: "Life's Margins and Their Spiritual Values." 

Ruling Elder R. C. Brown rendered the answer of the Ses- 
sion to camplaints in a paper. 

J. Lee Phillips spoke, urging both parties to unite for the 
sake of harmony and peace. 

Ex-Deacon Ray Lee spoke, outlining his attitude. 

Mrs. R. C. Brown and J. T. Samonds also spoke. " 

A motion was made that all who desired a reconciliation in 
the Church assemble at one corner of the building. A large 
number of the members of Sharon Church responded. The 
pastor and sessions then walked over to where the ex-deacons 
were standing to receive them, and offered their hands in mutual 
confession of faults and request for forgiveness, and the deacons 
received them and responded in like sentiments. 

The Session of Sharon Church was requested to call a con- 
gregational meeting in the near future to elect deacons, and also 
requested that the church re-elect the eight former deacons who 
had resigned. 

(NOTE : This record was corrected in the adjourned meet- 
ing of March 7, 1927.— Stated Clerk). 
The minutes were read and approved. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 51 



Presbytery adjourned to meet at Charlotte First Church, at 
10 a. m., the first Monday of March. 

Adjourned with Doxology and prayer by the Moderator. 



J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 
R. J. McILWAIN, Moderator. 



Attest: J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



CALLED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in called session at the First 
Church, Charlotte, N. C., Monday, February 7th, at 12 o'clock. 
The Moderator, Rev. R. J. Mcllwain, called the meeting to 
order, and opened with prayer by Rev. S. A. Ewart. 

The following were enrolled : 

Ministers: Lynn R. Walker, W. B. S. Chandler, J. M. 
Walker, J. F. Ligon, G. F. Bell, M. E. Peabody, R. W. Culbert- 
son, A. S. Johnson, W. H. Johnston, C. H. Rowan, S. A. Ewart, 
J. W. Grier, G. C. Huntington, S. B. McLean, A. A. Walker, 
C. E. White, W. C. Underwood, B. F. Yandell, T- W. Stork, 
R. S. Burwell, J. G. Garth, P. W. Wilson, R. J. Mcllwain, C. 
H. Little, S. B. Lyerly. 

Elders: W. B. Reid, Westminster; W. A. Jamison, West 
Avenue; G. B. Chapman, Caldwell Memorial; J. W. Pharr, 
Second Church. 

The following call was read and found in order : 

The Constitutional requirements having been met, Mecklenburg Pres- 
bytery is called to meet at 12 noon, Monday, February 7, 1927, at the 
First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N. C. to transact the following 
business : 

1. To hear the request of Rev. G, F. Bell, D.D., to dissolve his pas- 
toral relation with Caldwell Memorial Church. 

2. To inquire as to the attitude of the Church to this request. 

3. To dissolve the pastorate, if the way is clear. 

4. To dismiss Rev. G. F. Bell, D.D., to Louisville Presbytery, he 
having been called to Crescent Hill Church, Louisville, Ky. 

5. To transact any business growing out of the above. 

R. J. McILWAIN, Moderator. 
J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



52 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

January 21, 1927, Monroe, N. C. 

Rev. P. W. Wilson was elected temporary clerk. 

Dr. Bell requested Presbytery to dissolve the pastoral rela- 
tion between himself and Caldwell Memorial Church, that he 
might accept a call to Crescent Hill Church, Louisville, Ky., 
effective February 15th. 

It was moved that the request be granted. Pending the 
vote, the Church was heard from, and Elder G. B. Chapman 
stated that the Church concurred in the request, and read reso- 
lutions of regret and good-will adopted by the Church. 

The motion was carried and the pastorate dissolved. 

Dr. Bell was then granted a letter of dismission to Louisville 
Presbytery. 

A resolution of appreciation of Dr. Bell was offered. 

Pending the discussion of this motion, many feeling remarks 
of appreciation for Dr. Bell as a friend, a preacher and a Pres- 
byter were made, to which Dr. Bell responded in kind. The 
resolution was adopted. 

Presbytery then adjourned with prayer, after reading the 
minutes and calling the roll. 

P. W. WILSON, Clerk Pro-Tem. 
R. y. McILWAIN, Moderator. 
, Attest: J. G. GARTH. Stated Clerk. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 53 

ADJOURNED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session at the 
First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, Monday, March 7, 1927, 
at 10 a. m., the following being present : 

Ministers: G. C. Huntington, R. J. Mcllwain, L. W. 
Brown, R. W. Culbertson, J. G. Garth, J. W. Stork, Q. N. 
Huneycutt, A. A. Walker, S. B. Lyerly, W. H. Frazer, M. E. 
Peabody, W. T. Smith, W. B. S. Chandler, I. E. Wallace, S. B. 
McLean, H. H. Cassady, C. W. Somerville, W. H. Johnston, 

B. F. Yandell, P. W. Wilson, J. A. Caligan, R. S. Burwell, 

C. H. Little, J. M. Walker, W. S. Hamiter, S. A. Ewart, H. E. 
Gurney. W, C. Underwood, J. F. Ligon, W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., 
A. R. Shaw, B. B. Shankel. 

Churches represented : W. R. Long, Sugaw Creek ; W. E. 
Price, Caldwell Memorial ; H. C. Alexander, Westminster ; Dr. 
W. L. McKinnon, Wadesboro ; N. C. White, St. Paul ; W. T. 
Wicker, Roberdell; H. T. Baldwin, Cameronian; Dr. R, H. 
Lafferty, Charlotte Second ; W. W. Faires, Sharon ; S. E. Wil- 
son, Steele Creek ; W. H. Belk, Monroe First. 

Presbytery was constituted with prayer by Rev. S. B. Lyerly. 
Rev. J. A. Caligan presented a letter of dismission from 
Pee Dee Presbytery. 

The Moderator examined him on Experimental Piety, which 
was sustained. 

Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., conducted the examination on 
Theology, which was sustained. 

Rev. M. E. Peabody conducted the examination on Church 
Government, which was sustained. 

The examination as a whole was sustained, and Rev. J. A. 
Caligan was received and enrolled, having signed the obligations. 

A call from the Wadesboro Presbyterian Church for Rev. 
J. A. Caligan, for $1,800, was found in order, with exceptions to 
be straightened out by the commission to install. The call was 
placed in his hands and accepted by him. 

The following commission was appointed to install Mr. 

Caligan, on March 20th, at 11 a. m., at the Wadesboro Church: 

Rev. A. A. Walker, to preside and propound the questions; 



54 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Rev. W. B. S. Candler, to preach; Rev. T. M. Stribling, to 
charge the pastor; Rev. R. J. Mcllwain, Elder W. E. Price, to 
charge the people, and Elder W. F. McQueen. 

The commission was instructed to correct the terms of the 
call relative to the use of the manse and the annual amount of 
salary. 

Rev. A. H. Atkins, D.D., was granted a letter of dismission 
to Muhlenburg Presbytery. 

Rev. C. C. Anderson was granted a letter of dismission to 
East Alabama Presbytery. 

Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., formerly appointed to preach the 
doctrinal sermon at the Spring meeting, owing to sickness in the 
home, was requested to speak at the Fall meeting instead of the 
Spring meeting. 

The unfinished business regarding the adjustment of matters 
at Sharon was taken up. Rev. C. H. Little was requested to 
explain what had been done. 

The matter was docketed for consideration at 2 :00 p. m. 

On motion the Presbytery proceeded to the observance of a 
season of intercession for Stewardship, after being led in prayer 
by five brethren, Rev. W. B. S. Chandler spoke, by appoint- 
ment, on Prevailing Prayer, Rev. J. G. Garth spoke on Fasting 
and Prayer, and Rev. W. T. Smith spoke on the Problems of 
Finances Before the Church Just Now. Numerous prayers 
were interspersed. 

Recess was taken until 2 :00 p. m. 

Presbytery reconvened at 2 :00 p. m. and was led in prayer by 
Rev. W. C. Underwood. 

CORRECTED MINUTES 

The minutes of the adjourned meeting at Sharon, January 
20th, were corrected, to read, as below: 

Resolved, That the Session of Sharon Church be requested to call 
a meeting of the congregation as early as possible for the purpose ot 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 55 



electing the original eight (8) deacons and no others, if the way be clear, 
and that they be reinstated. 

W. H. FRAZER. 

The roll was called and all present who were present when 
the action was taken at Sharon, January 20th, declared this reso- 
lution to be the exact action of Presbytery. 

Presbytery then entered into executive session, with a gen- 
eral agreement that members present would not divulge what 
was said. 

After full discussion, no decision having been reached, it was 
moved and carried that the matter of investigating the evils 
reputed to be exising in Sharon Church be docketed as unfin- 
ished business to be taken up at the Spring meeting of Pres- 
bytery. 

After the roll call and reading of the minutes. Presbytery 
adjourned to meet in stated session at Albemarle Church, April 
12, 1927, at 7 :30 p.m. 

R. J. McILWAIN, Moderator. 
J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 
Attest: J. G. GARTH, Stated Qerk. 



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14. Men's Work— P. S. Gilchrist, C P. Brown, H. J. Spencer, J. M. 
Oldham, J. P. Marsh, M. E. Trotter, J. M. Harris. 

15. Sessional Records— R. S. Burwell, R. W. Culbertson, Q. N. 

Huneycutt, W. T. Smith, and five Elders. 

16. Examinations: 

(i) Experimental Piety — The Moderator. 
(2)Academic Studies — R. W. Culbertson. 

(3) Languages — Latin Thesis and Greek Exegesis — C. W. Somer- 
ville, J. W. Grier. 

(4) Natural and Exact Sciences— H. E. Gurney, C. H. Little. 

(5) Mental and Moral Philosophy, Logic and Rhetoric — W. H. 
Frazer, W. B. S. Chandler. 

(6) Theology — A. S. Johnson, A. A. McGeachy. 

(7) Church History— J. M. Walker. 

(8) Church Government and Sacraments — M. E. Peabody, R. S. 
Burwell. 

TRUSTEES OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

1. Davidson — R. A. Dunn, H. N. Pharr — terms expire 1928; A. A. 
McGeachy, J. P. Matheson, W. H. Belk — terms expire 1927. 

2. Queens— A. A. McGeachy, T. M. Glasgow, J. L. Choate, P. S. 
Gilchrist — terms expire 1928; J. Arthur Henderson, E. E. Jones, 
A. J. Crowell — terms expire 1929; E. A. McCausland, J. W. Mc- 
Clung, Hunter Marshall — terms expire 1927. 

3. Albemarle — M. J. Harris, A. C. Huneycutt, A. E. McCausland — 
terms expire 1928; R. J. Mcllwain, F. S. Neal, W. H. Belk— 
terms expire 1929; J. M. Harry, J. W. Stork, J. H. McCrae, Jno. 



MINUTES 



OF 



MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 




116th STATED SESSION 
St. PauPs, Charlotte, N. C. 



ADJOURNED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

June 6, 1927, July 18, 1927, September 19, 1927 

CALLED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

August 5, 1927, August 31, 1927 



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DIRECTORY 

Rev. J. M. Walker, Moderator Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. G. Garth, Stated Clerk Charlotte, N. C 

Rev. J. W. Stork, Permanent Clerk Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

W. E. Price, Treasurer Home Missions Charlotte, N. C. 

Trustees of Presbytery— W. H. Belk, H. C. Alexander, J. L. Choate. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Presbytery*s Home Missions — J. M. Walker, C. G. Long, W. B. S. 

Chandler, C. H. Rowan, Lynn R. Walker, C. H. Little, F. S. 

Neal, W. H. Belk, T. J. Smith, C. P. Brown, W. E. Price, J. F. 
Ligon, Dr. R. H. Lafferty. 

PERMANENT COMMITTEES 

1. Foreign Missions^-E. G. Gammon, C. G. Long, W. L. Wallis, 
J. Arthur Henderson, M. B. Spier. 

2. Assembly's Home Missions — J. F. Ligon, C. H. Little, A. S. 
Anderson, Jno. B. Ross. 

3. Christian Education and Ministerial Relief — J. W. Grier, L. W. 
Brown, J. W. McClung. 

4. Religious Education — General Chairman : S. B. Lyerly. 
(i) Children's Division: W. M. Wilcox, W. E. Price. 

(2) Young People's Division : J. G. Garth, M. E. Peabody, F. H. 
Bierman. 

(3) Leadership Training: W. S. Hamiter, P. W. Wilson, H. J. 
Spencer. 

(4) Sunday School Extension : P. W. Wilson, G. M. Beaty, Dr. 
R. H. Lafferty. 

5. Bible Cause— S. B. Lyerly, J. W. Stork, Dr. H. Q. Alexander. 

6. Synod's Home Missions— L E. Wallace, B. B. Shankel, C. H. 
Caldwell, D. S. Monteith. 

7. Orphans' Home — W. H. Johnston, R. W. Culbertson, Wm. 
Anderson, W. A. Jamison. 

8. Schools and Colleges— C. R. Nisbet, L E. Wallace. B. F. Yandell, 
J. R. Bridges, Beatty Faires, G. M. Rose, Jr. 

9. Sabbath and Family Religion— R. J. Mcllwain, B. B. Shankel. 
W. S. Hamiter, Thos. Spratt, Wm. Ross. 

10. Evangelism— A. A. Walker, C. E. White. T. G. Hardie. 

11. Men's and Women's Societies — L. R. Walker, W. C. Underwood, 
J. R. Irwin. 

12. Auditing — J. F. Jamison, J. O. Thomas. 

13. Stewardship— S. B. McLean, H. E. Gurney, W. H. Frazer, L. R. 
Walker, W. E. Price, M. B. Spier, F. S. Neal, J. H. Wearn. 

(Continued on back inside cover) 



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MINUTES 

OF 



MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 




116th STATED SESSION 
St. Paul's, Charlotte, N. C. 

ADJOURNED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

June 6, 1927, July 18, 1927, September 19, 1927 

CALLED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

August 5, 1927, August 31, 1927 



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STATED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in the 116th Stated Session 
Tuesday, October 18, 1927, at 10 o'clock, a. m., at St. Paul's 
Church, Charlotte, and was opened with a sermon by the 
retiring Moderator, Rev. Lynn R. Walker, D.D., from Gala- 
tions 6:10. After which the sacrament of the Lord's Supper 
was administered by Rev. C. R. Nisbet, D D., and Rev. C. H. 
Rowan. 

The following memorial was read : 

MEMORIAL TO REV. W. R. COPPEDGE, D.D. 

Rev. W. R. Coppedge, D.D., was born in Lynchburg, Va., August 
I, 1851. His boyhood days were spent in Liberty, now Bedford, 
twenty-five miles further west. At the age of fourteen he devoted 
considerable time to the question of which church he would join. 
The question, once settled, gave him no more trouble. Soon after 
this, God's call to the ministry came to him and he was not dis- 
obedient to the heavenly vision. Having been taught by an older sis- 
ter and by his parents, he entered a preparatory school and was 
assigned to the highest class. He continued his studies under Rev. 
Roger Martin and Rev. A. Eubank for three years, then entered an 
advanced class in college and secured his A. B. degree in two years, 
but in so doing, he seriously injured his health by intense applica- 
tion to study. In the autumn of 1873 he began his course at Union 
Seminary in Virginia. About the middle of his second year, he had 
to leave for want of means to meet his expenses. After teaching in 
New Bern, N. C, for about two years, he resumed his seminary 
course, finishing in April, 1877. He then preached as he had oppor- 
tunity, and four years later he was formally licensed to preach. His 
first charge was at Decherd, Tenn., but owing to unfavorable health 
conditions, he did not remain long. He next served a group of 
churches about Roanoke, Va. Later he moved to Floyd, Va., where 
he served a group of churches and had charge of Oxford Academy, 
where he prepared a number of young men and women for college. 
In the autumn of 1887 he took charge of a group of churches at 
Yanceyville, N. C, and was called from there to Graham, N. C, for a 
pastorate of five years. In 1895 he came to Rockingham, N. C, 
which continued to be his home until his death, April 10, 1927. Dur- 
ing this time he served every church in Richmond County with one 
exception. His wife, who was Miss Mary Duffy, of New Bern, N. C, 
preceded him to the grave. He is survived by four sons. Dr. Neill 
Coppedge, of Candor, N. C, Dr. Llewellyn Coppedge, missionary to 
Mexico, Walter and Don E. Coppedge, of Rockingham. Another 
son, Hervey, preceded his father to the grave by about six months. 
He leaves also a number of grandchildren. 

Dr. Coppedge was, for twelve years, superintendent of schools for 
Richmond County, N. C, and greatly improved the school system of 
the county. He was a man of good business judgment and com- 
manded the respect of his fellowmen. He was a man among men. 

As a Christian, he was devout; as a preacher, he was sound; as 
a pastor, faithful. He was a good presbyter and painstaking in the 
performance of his duties. He attended thirtv-nine consecutive 



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meetings of Synod and could be depended on to do his full share of 
committee work. 

He was prominent in the lodge of Odd Fellows and served as 
Grandmaster. He was honored by Synod as Moderator at States- 
ville in 1906. 

He lived for his Savior and his Church, and died triumphant in 
his faith. Truly a good man has gone to his reward, and a dutiful 
son to be with his Heavenly Father. 

J. R. BRIDGES. 
T. M. STRIBLING. 
LYNN R. WALKER. 

The memorial to Rev. W. R. Coppedge, D.D., which had 
been read in connection with the communion service by 
Rev. T. M. Stribling was adopted by a rising vote. 

After prayer by the Moderator, the Presbytery was de- 
clared open for business session. 

The roll was called and the following found present : 

ROLL 

Ministers: C. C. Beam, J. R. Bridges (2), L. W. Brown 
(2), R. H. M. Brown (2), R. S. Burwell (2), W. B. S. Chand- 
ler (2), R. W. Culbertson, W. H. Frazer, E. G. Gammon, J. 
W. Grier, J. G. Garth, W. S. Hamiter, Q. N. Huneycutt, T. F. 
Huneycutt, G. C. Huntington (2), A. S. Johnson, J. F. Ligon, 
C. H. Little, C. G. Long, S. B. Lyerly, W. H. Johnston, S. B. 
McLean, R. J. Mcllwain, W. B. Mcllwaine, W. H. Mathe- 
son, C. R. Nisbet, M. E. Peabody, L. H. Query, C. H. Rowan, 
A. R. Shaw, T. M. Stribling, W. T. Smith, J. W. Stork, W. C. 
Underwood, A. A. Walker, J. M. Walker, Lynn R. Walker, 
L E. Wallace, C. E. White, P. W. Wilson, B. F. YandelL— 41 

Ministers absent, 23. 

Churches represented : J. W. Lyerly, Albemarle ; C. M. 
Hutchison, Amity ; G. S. Howey, Banks ; A. L. Brown, Beth- 
el ; Ray Clontz, Bethlehem; F. H. Bierman, Caldwell Me- 
morial ; H. T. Baldwin, Cameronian ; C. B. Choate, Central 
Steel Creek ; F. O. Hawley, Charlotte First ; R. H. Lafferty, 
Charlotte Second ; W. D. Cox, Cook's Memorial ; J. I. Proc- 
ter, Cornelius ; J. A. Mclntyre, EUerbe ; L. L. Braswell, 
Tabernacle ; J. A. Lawing, Hopewell ; R. W. Alexander, Mal- 
lard Creek ; J. C. Smith, Marshville ; J. H. Todd, Mulberry ; 
Geo. E. Wilson, Myers Park ; W. A. Douglass, Newell ; S. A. 



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McCord, Paw Creek ; A. M. Galloway, Plaza ; W. A. Rogers, 
Pineville ; H. Q. Alexander, Providence ; C. B. Cross, Robin- 
son ; J. E. Allen, Seversville ; R. C. Brown, Sharon; W. B. 
Choate, Steele Creek; A. W. Pierson, St, Paul; C. L. Aber- 
nethy, Sugaw Creek ; C. S. Morrison, Tenth Avenue ; W. S. 
Biggers, Thomasboro ; J. C. Richardson, Turner ; J. W. Mc- 
Cain, Waxhaw; M. L. Campbell, West Avenue; J. P. Kirk- 
patrick, Westminster; W. A. Howie, Williams. — 37. 

Total attendance, 78; churches not represented 56. 

Rev. J. M. Walker was elected Moderator and Rev. J. F. 
Ligon Temporary Clerk. 

Rev. R. A. McLeod, Rev. A. D. Carswell, of Fayetteville 
Presbytery, Rev. C. C. Anderson, of East Alabama Presby- 
tery, Frank Grier, of Bethel Presbytery, Rev. H. L. Bowlby, 
of Morrison, Orange Presbytery, U. S. A., Rev. T. R. Alex- 
ander, of Potomac Presbytery, Rev. W. L. Baker, of Con- 
cord Presbytery, were invited to sit as visiting brethren. 

The Committee on Orders reported, which was adopted. 
Hours, 9 a. m. to 12:30 p. m., 2 p. m. to 6 p. m., 7:30 p. m., 
adjourn at will . 

The first order of the afternoon was set to hear Dr. 
Bowlby, of the Lord's Day Alliance. 

The first order of the day, Wednesday, was set for 
Schools and Colleges. 

The report on Evangelism was set for 3 p. m., Tuesday. 

Rev. C. W. Sommerville was excused from attendance on 
on this meeting on account of the sudden death of his sister. 
Prayer for the bereaved family was offered by Rev. S. B. 
McLean. 

The hearing of the Stewardship report was set for 4 
o'clock this afternoon. 

It was ordered that hereafter in calling the roll of the 
ministers the seniority of ministers in becoming members 
of Presbytery be followed. 

A committee was appointed to revise the manual and 
recommend a procedure for expediting the business of 
Presbytery. 



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Revising Presbytery's Manual 

The following were appointed : 

A. S. Johnson, J. G. Garth, I. E. Wallace, J. F. Ligon, 
and F. H. Bierman. 

Recess was taken until 2 p. m. 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 

Presbytery reconvened at, 2 p. m. and was led in prayer 
by Rev. R. W. Culbertson. 

The hearing of the report of the Executive Committee of 
Home Missions was given the order following the report 
on Stewardship. 

The order of the day being to hear of the work of the 
Lord's Day Alliance. Rev. Lynn R. Walker, D.D., was asked 
to preside. Prayer was ofifered by Rev. A. S Johnson, D.D. 
Dr. Harry L. Bowlby, General Secretary of the Lord's Day 
Alliance, addressed the Presbytery. 

A rising vote of thanks was tendered Dr. Bowlby for 
his splendid address, which w^as referred to the committee 
on Sabbath and Family Religion. 

The Moderator appointed the following committees : 

Standing Committees 

Devotional: S. B. Lyerly and W. S. Big-gers. 

Bills and Overtures: Lynn R. Walker, W. S. Hamiter, 
C. H. Little, A. L. Brown, and C. B. Choate. 

Judicial: C. H. Rowan, C. R. Nisbet, C. E. White, W. D. 
Cox, and J. C. Smith. 

Home Missions: P. W. Wilson, Chairman, Q. N. Huney- 
cutt, J. W. Lyerly, C. M. Hutchinson. 

Calls and Supplies: E. G. Gammon, L E. Wallace, F. H. 
Bierman, W. B. Choate. 

Leave of Absence: W. H. Matheson, W. A. Howie 

Records of Presbytery: W. H. Johnston, R. H. Lafferty. 

Minutes of Assembly: C. G. Long, B. F, Yandell, R. W. 
Culbertson, J. A. Mclntyre. 



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Presbytery's Assessments: T. M. Stribling, W. T. Smith, 
A. R. Shaw, H. T. Baldwin, C. L. Abernathy. 

Nominations: J. M. Walker, J. G. Garth, G. E. Wilson, 
M. E. Peabody, J. W. McCain. 

Thanks: W. B. Mcllwaine, M. L. Campbell. 

A communication from Fayetteville Presbytery regard- 
ing the establishment of a Junior College for boys was read 
and referred to the Committee on Bills and Overtures. 

The privileges of the floor were granted the committee 
from Fayetteville Presbytery. 

The orders of the day were moved back to give time to 
hear this committee. 

Rev. R. A. McLeod, Rev. A. D. Carswell, and Elder J. P. 
Wiggins addressed the Presbytery. 

Presbytery took the following action in view of these 
speeches : 

We recognize the importance of the Junior College in 
our educational system and have heard Avith sympathetic 
interest the presentation of this matter by the delegation 
from Fayetteville Presbytery and would refer it to the 
Committee on Bills and Overtures for further consideration 
and recommendation. 

Calls from Siler, Indian Trial, Hopewell, and request 
from Newell for a supply were referred to the Committee 
on Calls and Supplies. 

Revs. W. B. S. Chandler, S. B. Lyerly, C. G. Long and Dr. 
J. R. Bridges, William Anderson, W. L. Wallis, C. S 
Harkey, and J. A. Mclntyre reported attendance upon the 
General Assembly at El Dorado. 

Two communications from the Stated Clerk at the Gen- 
eral Assembly were referred to the Committee on Assem- 
bly's Minutes. 

Installation of E. G. Gammon at Myers Park 

The commission authorized and instructed by the Mecklenburg 
Presbytery to install the Rev. Edgar G. Gammon, D.D., as pastor of 
the Myers Park Presbyterian Church, consisting of Rev. Wm. H. 



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Frazer, Rev. C C Beam and Rev. A. A. Walker, and Ruling Elder 
R. A, Dunn, begs leave to make the following report : 

Commissioner A. A. Walker being unable to attend, on authority 
of the Moderator of the Presbytery, Rev. J. R. Bridges, was sub- 
stituted for Rev. A. A. Walker. Ruling Elder R. A. Dunn being un- 
able to attend. Elder Geo. E. Wilson, Jr., substituted for Elder R. A. 
Dunn, on request of the Moderator. 

The commission met at the Myers Park Presbyterian Church on 
Sunday morning, September i8, 1927, at 11 o'clock, and was con- 
stituted with prayer by Rev. J. R. Bridges. 

On invitation Rev. B. R. Lacy, D.D., President of the Union 
Theological Seminary, preached the sermon. Rev. C. C. Beam 
charged the pastor, and Rev. W. H. Frazer presided, propounded 
the constitutional questions and charged the congregation. 

At the conclusion of the service Rev. Edgar G. Gammon pro- 
nounced the benediction. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. H. FRAZER, Chairman of the Commission. 
GEO. E. WILSON, JR., Secretary. 

The report was adopted. 

A communication from Barium Springs Orphanage was 
received and referred to the Committee on the Orphanage. 

A communication from several members of Sugaw 
Creek Church was referred to the Judicial Committee. 

The commission to organize the church at Euto re- 
ported: 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION APPOINTED TO ORGANIZE 
A CHURCH AT EUTO IN UNION COUNTY 

The Home Missions Committee, together with the Superinten- 
dent, having been appointed by the adjourned session of Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery of September 19, 1927, as a commission to organize 
a Presbyterian Church in Euto, in Union county, hereby submits 
the following report : 

The commission met in the Methodist church in Euto, Sunday 
afternoon at 3 :oo p. m., of October 9th. The following members 
were present: Revs. A. A. Walker, chairman, J. M. Walker, W. B. S. 
Chandler, C. H. Little, J. F. Ligon, and C. G. Long, with Ruling 
Elders W. H. Belk, W. E. Price, F. S. Neal, and T. J. Smith. C. G. 
Long was appointed secretary. 

Following a 'sermon by Rev. J. F. Ligon, the commission pro- 
ceeded to the organization of the church according to the Book of 
Church Order. Ten were received on profession of faith and bap- 



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tism; four were received on re-statement of their faith in Jesus 
Christ, and eighteen were received by certificate from other 
churches, making a total membership of thirty-two.. 

The name of the church selected was Tabernacle Presbyterian 
Church. 

The following were elected, ordained and installed as Ruling El- 
ders : L. L. Braswell, and H. B. Edwards. P. J. C. Efird vvas elected 
and installed as an Elder having previously been ordained. The 
election of Deacons was postponed to a future date. The charge to 
the newly elected Elders was delivered by Rev. J. M. Walker. 

C. G. LONG, Secretary. 

Reception of candidates was fixed to follow the report of 
the Stewardship Committee. 

The Judicial Committee was excused to attend to the 
business before it. 

The Committee on Evangelism reported. Pending its 
adoption Revs. J. W. Stork, W. T. Smith, Q. N. Huneycutt, 
C. E. White and chairman A. A. Walker spoke. The report 
and recommendations were adopted and prayer was offered 
by Rev. W. H. Matheson. 

REPORT ON EVANGELISM 

The results of the evangeHstic meetings held so far this year, 
under the direction of your committee, confirm our belief in the 
efficacy of this department of our service. Even when there have 
been no additions to the church through these meetings, the church 
has received a new vision of service and power. We beheve that 
the annual evangelistic services are to the work of the year what 
the harvest time is to sowing and cultivation. It is both a time of 
reaping and a time of testing. 

On the recommendation of this committee. Presbytery made 35 
assignments for meetings to be held this year. You committee has 
received reports from 25 of these meetings, in a total of 185 days ; 
with 146 professions of faith, and 90 additions by profession, and 30 
by letter. Seventeen of these meetings were held by the ministers 
assigned, and eight by others. 

The committee has adopted the policy of placing the responsi- 
bility for evangelistic meetings, as far as possible, upon the pastors 
and churches where the meetings are to be held. To this end, we 
are requesting all those pastors who have heretofore had preachers 
assigned them to make their own arrangements, if possible, for their 
meetings next year, between now and the spring session of Pres- 
bytery. The committee, in the meanwhile, holding itself in readiness 
to render any service that it may. 

By the instruction of Presbytery your committee sent a return 
card to every minister in the Presbytery, asking for an expression 



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of his willingness to hold one or more meetings under the direction 
of the committee. Only those ministers who replied in the affirma- 
tive were assigned to meetings. The committee will follow that plan 
this coming year. 

We request Presbytery to reaffirm the recommendations made 
at its meeting last fall; namely: 

1. That Presbytery again emphasize the importance of a series 
of evangelistic meetings in every church, at least once a year, if 
practicable; and that careful and prayerful preparation be made 
for these meetings, not only throughout the year, but in the several 
weeks immediately preceding them; and that pastors be urged to 
enlist their men, as far as possible, in personal evangelistic service. 

2. That the churches under the care of this committee be re- 
quested to suggest to the committee the names of men whom they 
wish to have assigned to their churches for the year beginning 
April I, 1928; and that these suggestions be sent to the committee 
some weeks before the spring meeting of Presbytery, 

3. That we call upon all our people to offer prayer in behalf of 
these meetings ; and that God may richly bless the churches where 
meetings are being held, the pastors, and the men conducting them. 

A. A. WALKER. 
C. E. WHITE. 

The report of the Stewardship Committee was presented 
by Rev. S. B. McLean. The report received and the recom- 
mendations considered seriatim. The report was amended, 
and was adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE 

The report of the Every Member Canvass for the year beginning 
April I, 1927, which was submitted by your committee at the spring 
meeting of Presbytery in April, 1927, and which is pubhshed in the 
minutes of said meeting, shows that of the amount of $175,855 which 
was apportioned to this Presbytery for benevolences for the cur- 
rent year, the sum of $172,715 was subscribed and reported in said 
canvass, the subscriptions thereby lacking $3,140 of equaling the 
quota assigned to the Presbytery. But the amount of $172,715 re- 
ported as subscribed in this Presbytery was subscribed by 61 of the 
churches of the Presbytery, the remaining 32 churches having made 
no report to the Presbyterial Secretary of Stewardship. Of' the 61 
churches reporting subscriptions to the secretary, 2.2 reported as 
having fully subscribed or oversubscribed their quotas. The com- 
mittee believes that if all belated subscriptions were taken into con- 
sideration, which were made in churches having the canvass and 
were not included in the original reports to the secretary, the entire 
apportionment of $175,855 to this Presbytery would be more than 
covered. These facts clearly indicate the importance of the Every 
Member Canvass being made and completed promptly in each 
church and the results reported to the Secretary of Stewardship 
with due diligence and dispatch. The total number of reported sub- 



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scriptions to Benevolences for the current year was 7.050 out of a 
total church membership in the Presbytery of 15,047- For the pre- 
ceding fiscal year, the number of subscriptions to Benevolences re- 
ported was 7,400. 

The total amount of the Budget for Current Expenses for the 
current year reported by the churches of the Presbytery w^as $209,- 
242 and the total amount reported as having been subscribed was 
$196,305. The number of church members reported as having sub- 
scribed to the Current Expense Fund of the various churches of the 
Presbytery is 7,979. 

Recommendations 

1st. That the Benevolent Askings for the year beginning April 
I, 1928, of the churches of Mecklenburg Presbytery, amounting to 
$197,997, be adopted, and that all churches be urged to present these 
askings to their congregations as a minimum amount to be raised 
for the Benevolent Causes, and that the table of the Benevolent 
Askings be printed and attached in the back of the minutes of the 
fall meeting of Presbytery, as heretofore. 

2nd. That the per centum for distribution of the Benevolent 
Funds for the year beginning April i, 1928, be the same for the cur- 
rent year, viz : 

Per Cent 

Foreign Missions 33.3 

Assembly's Home Missions 16. 

Christian Education and Ministerial Relief 7.5 

Publication and Sabbath School Work 2. 

Assembly's Training School .6 

Bible Cause .6 

60. 

Synod's Home Missions 7.5 

Barium Springs 7.5 

Schools and Colleges 8.7 

Union Theological Seminary 1.3 

Presbytery's Home Missions 15. 

40. 

Total 100. 

3rd. That the apportionments by the Presbytery to the various 
churches for the Benevolent Causes for the year beginning April i, 
1928, be as shown upon the statement below, which statement also 
shows the amounts subscribed and paid by the individual churches 
of the Presbytery for the year ending March 31, 1927, together with 
the aggregate amounts subscribed and paid by the churches alto- 
gether. From this summary it will be seen that the total amount of 
Benevolences paid by the whole Presbytery during the last fiscal 
year was $237,138, or about $45,ooo in excess of the whole apportion- 
ment for next year for Benevolences. 

4th. That the date for the Every Member Canvass for the next 
fiscal year be March 11, 1928, in accordance with the recommenda- 



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tion of the General Assembly; that the week preceding the date of 
the Every Member Canvass be devoted to prayer and the instruction 
of the congregation in the great needs and opportunities in our 
Home and Foreign fields ; that every church if possible hold special 
services each night from Monday through Friday of the week pre- 
ceding the Canvass, and that a special program covering some part 
of our Benevolent Work be presented each night by some organiza- 
tion of the church, as recommended by our Synod; that every 
church make diligent effort to accomplish the following ends, viz: 
a subscription from every member for Benevolences, a subscription 
from every member for the Church Budget for Current Expenses, 
a full report of the canvass to the Presbytery at said spring meet- 
ing. ^ 

5th. That the Stewardship Committee of the Presbytery be au- 
thorized to promote and arrange for the holding of Stewardship 
Conferences in the Presbytery if they shall deem it wise 

6th. If it be the purpose of the Presbytery to continue the office 
of Presbyterial Secretary of Stewardship, that the Presbyterial 
Treasurer, out of the Tax Fund, pay the necessary expenses incident 
to the conduct of the office, not exceeding $ioo, to be paid by the 
Presbyterial Treasurer on statement furnished by the Secretary of 
Stewardship. 

7th. That the statistical table showing a comparative summary 
for five years be printed on the last page of the minutes of the 
Presbytery and that the Stated Clerk be instructed to prepare such 
a table each year and printed in the same position in the minutes. 

S. B. McLEAN, 

Presbyterial Secretary of Stewardship. 



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APPORTIONMENTS 



Benevolences 

Member- Year Ending 

ship Church March 31, 1927 

Subscriptions Paid 

315— Albemarle $ 1,156 $ 1,934 

25— Allen o 

60— Altan 50 57 

112 — Amity 360 462 

126 — Badin 100 118 

68— Banks 525 465 

35— Bethany 50 40 

158— Bethel 335 294 

80 — Bethlehem 195 41 

56 — Beulah o 36 

35— Biscoe 45 5 

78 — Brainard 58 o 

750 — Caldwell Memorial 9,344 9,761 

10 — Camden 8 

66 — Cameronian 100 13 

79 — Candor 125 24 

47 — Carmel 562 314 

85 — Central Steele Creek __ 1,000 1,348 

1,050— Charlotte First 41,279 54,193 

2,002 — Charlotte Second 50,346 101,722 

123 — Cook's Memorial 441 665 

71 — Cornelius . 200 124 

80 — EUerbe 62 20 

272— Hamlet 1,500 1,136 

231 — Hopewell 340 719 

310 — Huntersville 600 613 

60 — Indian Trial 128 20 

36 — Lee Park 40 19 

II — Lilesville 

55 — Locust yj 

no — Macedonia 175 

154— Mallard Creek 428 1,127 

79 — Mark's Creek 25 103 

94 — Marshville 250 149 

26 — Marston 20 29 

94 — Matthews 200 141 

96— McGee 888 ^2>7 

32— McLean Memorial ___ 

45 — Midland 

345— Monroe First 3,290 19,891 

57 — Morgan Memorial 

57— Morven 295 560 

76— Mt. Carmel 84 88 

107— Mt. Gilead 415 282 

137— Mulberry 1,128 1,208 

255— Myers Park 1,419 

no— Newell 789 509 

22— Norman 23 68 

55 — North Charlotte 200 45 



Benevolent 


Askings 


Year Begin'g 


April 1, 


1928 


Per Cap. 


Total 


6 $ 


1,890 


I 


25 


I 


60 


4 


448 


3 


7.7^ 


8 


544 


I 


35 


3 


474 


2 


160 


I 


56 


3 


105 


2 


154 


15 


11,250 


2 


20 


2 


132 


2 


158 


8 


376 


12 


1,020 


50 


52,500 


30 


60,060 


5 


615 


4 


284 


I 


80 


6 


1,632 


4 


924 


6 


1,860 


2 


120 


2 


72. 


2 


22 


2 


no 


2 


220 


8 


1,232 


4 


316 


3 


282 


3 


78 


3 


202 


8 


768 


I 


2>2 


I 


45 


15 


5,175 


I 


57 


10 


570 


2 


152 


3 


321 


8 


1,060 


25 


6,375 


6 


660 


3 


66 


2 


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203 — Norwood 492 74 

24— Oakboro 39 33 

50— Pageland 53 7S 

5 — Palestine 

324— Paw Creek 1,800 2,122 

28— Peachland 150 o 

29— Pee Dee 150 109 

153— Plaza 500 486 

442 — Philadelphia 1,660 1,599 

140— Pineville 815 744 

109— Pleasant Hill 550 442 

48— Polkton 150 45 

15— Porter o 31 

221 — Providence 400 498 

125 — Ramah 250 303 

46 — Rehoboth 47 6 

74— Roberdel 100 o 

155— Robinson 250 292 

120 — Rockingham 238 399 

16 — Rourk's Chapel 10 

60 — Salem o 23 

145 — Seversville 878 839 

270— Sharon 1,330 2,077 

100— Siler 221 94 

S7 — Six Mile Creek 100 10 

40 — Stevenson 

23 — Stanfield o 

II — Star 19 o 

684— Steele Creek 6,800 6,297 

301 — St. Pauls 1,646 1,354 

327 — Sugaw Creek 1,727 2,552 

524 — Tenth Ave 4,000 2,859 

131 — Thomasboro 946 955 

41— Troy 69 

45 — Turner 40 51 

42 — Unionville 90 

III — Wadesboro 253 684 

20— Wadeville 85 

lOi — Walkersville 50 39 

98 — Waxhaw 529 252 

344 — West Avenue 1,200 1,871 

587 — Westminster 2,494 7,942 

148 — William's Memorial 900 1,053 

83 — Wilmoore 372 186 



3 


609 


I 


24 


2 


100 


2 


10 


6 
2 


..94^ 


5 


145 


3 


459 


4 


1,768 


6 


840 


4 


436 


2 


96 


2 


30 


4 


884 


4 


500 


I 


46 


2 


148 


3 


465 


5 


600 


2 


32 


I 


60 


6 


870 


8 


2,200 


2 


200 


2 


74 


2 


80 


2 


46 


2 


22 


10 


6,840 


5 


1,505 


10 


3,270 


10 


5,240 


4 


524 


3 


123 


2 


90 


3 


126 


8 


888 


2 


48 


2 


202 


6 


598 


6 


2,064 


IS 


8,805 


8 


1,184 


3 


249 



i5,047~Total _ $148,644 $237,130 $192,539 



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BENEVOLENT ASKINGS 





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Year Beginning 
Apr. 1, 1927 


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Per Cent. Amt. 



Foreign Missions 

Assembly Home Missions 

Christian Edu. & Min. Relief. 
Publication & S. S. Work ___. 
Assembly's Training School _. 

Bible Cause 

Synod's Home Missions 

Barium Springs 

Schools and Colleges 

Union Theological Seminary . 
Presbytery's Home Missions . 



77,160 
27,410 
11,535 

3,573 
892 

1,082 
14,809 

39,377 
38,920 

22,500 



33.3 
16. 

7-5 

2. 

.6 

.6 

7.5 

7.5 

8.7 

1.3 

15. 



$ 58,511 

28,119 

13,198 

3,510 

1,074 

1,074 

13,198 

13,198 

15,299 

2,287 

26.388 



65.896 

31,662 

14,841 

3,950 

1,187 

1,187 

14,841 

14,841 

17,216 

2,575 

29,685 



Total $237,150 100. $175,856 $197,887 

Report of E. M. C. — Amount sub. to Benevolences $172,715 

Amount sub. to Cur. Expenses $196,305 

William B. McSwain, of the Albemarle First Church, 
after examination by the Moderator was received as a can- 
didate for the ministry. After the obligation the charge 
was given by Rev. J. W. Grier, and prayer was offered by 
the Moderator. 

Recess was taken until 7:30 p. m. 



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TUESDAY EVENING 

Presbytery reconvened at 7:30 after a song service and 
a prayer by Rev. W. T. Smith. 

The report of the Executive committee of Home Mis- 
sions was rendered by the chairman, Rev. J. M. Walker and 
adopted. (See Appendix.) 

The report of the commission on the transfer of Page- 
land and Salem churches is as follows : 

The Home Mission Committee, with the superintendent, A. A. 
Walker, as chairman, acting as a commission to confer with Pee 
Dee Presbytery relative to the transfer of the Pageland and Salem 
churches to that Presbytery, cornmunicated with the Presbytery of 
Pee Dee, requesting that a similar commission be appointed. In 
response to our request, the Home Mission Committee of Pee Dee 



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Presbytery was appointed to act as a commission. After some cor- 
respondence the commission from Pee Dee Presbytery notified 
your commission that is was not thought advisable to take any 
action in the matter while the field in question was being supplied 
by a member of Mecklenburg Presbytery, owing to the difficulty in 
grouping. 

We therefore recommend that the matter be dropped for the 
present, with the understanding that it may be taken up again at a 
later date. 

The correspondence of the commission is in the hands of the 
chairman, and is at the disposal of Presbytery. 

. A. A. WALKER, Chairman. 

The overture of Dr. H. Q. xAlexander on military train- 
ing was taken from the docket and referred to the Commit- 
tee on Bills and Overtures. The overture w^as as follows : 

Resolved, That Mecklenburg Presbytery hereby disapproves of 
the teaching of Military Science and Practice in College or High 
School, and most respectfully requests officials of Colleges and High 
Schools to discontinue this Course where it has been given in the 
past, and to not add it to the present curriculum in schools wherein 
it has not obtained in the past. 

The Committee on Assembly's Minutes rendered its 
report which was received and the recommendations adopt- 
ed seriatim as amended. 

The clause regarding the Historical Commission was 
docketed until the Bills and Overtures Committee is heard. 

The clause touching the Directory for Worship was 
docketed for consideration at the spring meeting. 

Rev. T. H. Mitchell presented a letter from Concord 
Presbytery. Presbytery proceeded to the examination 
looking to reception. 

The examination on Experimental Religion by the Mod- 
erator, the examination on Theology by Dr. W. H. Frazer, 
and the examination on Church Governments and the Sacra- 
ments by Rev. M. E. Peabody were each sustained. 

The examination as a whole was sustained and Mr. 
Mitchell was received, having signed the covenant. 

Presbytery adjourned until 9 a. m. Wednesday. Closed 
with prayer. 



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WEDNESDAY— 9 A. M. 

Presbytery reconvened at 9 a. m. and was led in devo- 
tional exercises by Rev. G. C. Huntington. 

The minutes of Tuesday's session were read and adopted 
as corrected. 

The report of the Board of Directors of Queens College 
was received. 

Dr. W. H. Frazer, President of Queens College was 
heard. Vice-President L. Wilson Jarman, of Queens Col- 
lege, was introduced and invited to speak to Presbytery. 

The report and addresses were referred to the Commit- 
tee on Schools and Colleges. 

Calls and Supplies 

The report of Committee on Calls and Supplies was 
adopted as follows : 

Your committee submits the following report: 
Five communications have been received: 

1. A call from the Siler Church for the pastoral services of Rev. 
T. H. Mitchell, of Concord Presbytery. 

2. A call from the Indian Trail Church for Rev. T. H. Mitchell. 

3. A call from the Hopewell Church for the pastoral services 
of Rev, T. C. Delaney, of the Presbytery of Florida. 

These calls have been found in order, and the committee recom- 
mends that they be placed in the hands of the Stated Clerk. 

4. A request from the session at Newell that Rev. M. E. Peabody 
be allowed to supply the church till spring meeting of Presbytery. 

5. A request from the Mallard Creek Church for the services 
of Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., as stated supply until the spring meet- 
ing of Presbytery. 

The committee recommends that the requests be granted. 

Rev. T. H. Mitchell accepted the calls to Indian Trail and 
Siler, and Presbytery appointed the following arrangements 
for his installation : 

The commission to install Rev. T. H. Mitchell pastor of 
Siler and Indian Trail churches : 



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Ministers : Rev. W. B. S. Chandler, Rev, B. B. Shankel, 
Rev. R. J. Mcllwain, Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt, and Elders A. 
W. Davis, of the Siler Church, and E. J. Stinson, of the 
Indian Trail Church. Mr. Chandler to preside, preach and 
propound the constitutional questions ; Mr. Shankel to 
charge the pastor and Mr. Mcllwain to charge the people. 
Time : October 30th, 3 p. m., at Siler and 7 :30 p. m. at Indian 
Trail. 

Rev. J. F. Ligon presented the following report : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ASSEMBLY'S HOME MISSIONS 

Your committee on Assembly's Home Missions begs leave to 
submit the following report : 

For two years in succession the Assembly's Executive Commit- 
tee of Home Missions was obliged to cut appropriations to Presby- 
teries, schools and missions. This necessary reduction has not only 
prevented the Committee from entering many inviting fields of serv- 
ice, but has made impossible any enlargement in any department of 
the Committee's many-sided work. 

The Committee began the year, April i, 1927, with a bank in- 
debtedness of $60,500. By order of the Assembly the appropriations 
for the current year could not exceed the receipts for the year end- 
ing March 31, 1927. The debt must be paid. If the receipts were not 
sufficient for this purpose, the only alternative was to withhold the 
amount from the fields until more adequate provision is made for 
the support of this fundamental and far-reaching undertaking of 
the Church. 

The receipts to September 1st were $23,526 less than for the 
same period last year. On this date the Committee had borrowed 
and was paying interest on $133,195 to meet promises to the various 
Presbyteries and institutions. 

While the Committee was struggling with this deficit and en- 
deavoring to meet the normal current demands of the work, the 
unprecedented flood in the lower Mississippi Valley, — characterized 
as the greatest peace-time disaster in the history of the nation, — 
swept through portions of the Synods of Missouri, Arkansas, Mis- 
sissippi and Louisiana, bringing widespread damage to churches 
and manses and causing great personal losses to the membership of 
these congregations, and multiplying the calls for Home Mission 
aid. 

Reports from the Presbyteries concerned show that about 
eighty churches and manses were damaged, ranging in extent from 
ten per cent to total loss, and that the financial losses to the mem- 
bership were in the same proportion. 

The receipts from the emergency appeal of the Assembly, Sun- 
day, June I2th, for the relief of our suffering brethren amounted to 
about $25,000. The funds received from this special offering were 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 19 



used to restore so ne of the damaged buildings, but no provision was 
made for assisting the di-scouraged and depleted congregations to 
support their pastors. The Committee with its present income is 
not able to increase appropriations to these Presbyteries, and has no 
funds with which to help these struggling churches. 

In addition to this unexpected emergency caused by the flood, 
two greatly needed school buildings in the mountains stand un- 
finished and unprovided for. One is to replace the burned building 
at Highland Institute, Guerrant, Kentucky, and the other is the 
building for which the Blue Ridge Academy, The Hollow, Virginia, 
has waited so long. It is the earnest desire of the Executive Com- 
mittee that these two buildings may be completed this year free 
from the embarassment of a hmdering debt. 

In view of these multiplied and appealing calls and the burden 
of indebtedness resting upon our Home Mission work, the Commit- 
tee earnestly covets the fullest co-operation and support of all our 
pastors and sessions, and of all our churches, societies and Sunday 
schools. 

The following recommendations are offered : 

1. That all pastors be requested to preach upon Home Missions 
in November, and that all churches not providing for this cause in 
the annual Every Member Canvass be urged to make an offering 
during this month for Assembly's Home Missions. 

2. That all churches and societies be urged to observe Home 
Mission week, November 13-20, with the annual thank offering for 
Home Missions. 

3. That the Young People's Societies be urged to apply their 
Home Mission gifts to the support of the Blue Ridge Academy, The 
Hollow, Virginia, which school the General Assembly has assigned 
them as their special responsibility. 

4. That all churches, societies and Sunday school, in distrib- 
uting their benevolent offerngs, be urged to allow Assembly's Home 
Missions its rightful percentage. 

5. That we pledge anew to the Assembly's Executive Committee 
of Home Missions our fullest co-operation and support in all its 
work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. F. LIGON, Chairman. 
C H. LITTLE. 
The report was adopted. 

The following report was adopted : 

REPORT ON THE BIBLE CAUSE 

Your Committee on the Bible Cause begs to report as follows : 

The Church should be profoundly grateful to God for the con- 
tinued and ever-increasing work done by the American Bible Soci- 
ety. It is the accredited agency of all the leading denominations, in- 



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eluding our own, for national and world-wide Bible production and 
distribution. It maintains ten home agencies and twelve foreign 
agencies. Last year it circulated more than nine million volumes of 
the Scriptures in i68 languages and dialects in this and in foreign 
countries. Its aid in carrying on the work of the various denomina- 
tions at home and abroad cannot be over-estimated. The Bible be- 
ing the very foundation upon which the Church and its work rests, 
this work simply could not be done without this or some similar 
agency. 



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It is encouraging to know that there is a real and growing de- 
^xx«.nd for the Bible in all parts of the earth, and this society is do- 
ing all it can with its limited means to supply this demand. 

This great agency is supported by Z^ denominations. The total 
expenditure of the society last year was over a million dollars, but 
this was far short of what was needed. The budget for this year is 
$1,300,000. The percentage of our benevolences assigned to this 
cause by our Church is six-tenths of one percent. Last year, our 
Church gave less than in 1925. We trust that our people will in a 
measure appreciate the most valuable service this society is render- 
ing the Church and the Kingdom and give it the financial support it 
deserves. In our judgment no more important work can be done. 
The percentage assigned this cause is very small, which makes it 
only the more necessary that we give the small amount asked for. 

We recommend that all the churches of the Presbytery put this 
great cause in their budgets and see that it gets the full amount 
apportioned to it. If for any reason, any church does not put it in 
its budget, we urge it to see that the cause is taken care of in some 
other way. 

J. W. STORK, Committee. 

Presbytery was led in prayer by Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, 
Jr., for the success of the financial effort of Queens College, 
and by Rev. A. A. Walker for the recovery of Rev. A. A. 
McGeachy, D.D. 

The report of the Nominating Committee was adopted. 
(See inside covers.) 

Presbyterian Standard Day 

Dr. W. H. Frazer was heard on the Presbyterian Stand- 
ard. The Presbytery set November 6th as Presbyterian 
Standard Day, and urged that a collection be taken in every 
church to raise the $4,000 deficit in the publication of this, 
the official organ of the Synod, thus following the example 
of Synod, October 6, 1927. 

Rev. W. B. Lindsay, of the First A. R. P. Presbytery, 
Rev. W. E. Furr, of Kings Mountain Presbytery and Rev. 



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W. M. Hunter, of Concord Presbytery were introduced and 
invited to sit as visiting brethren. 

The order of the day having arrived to hear the Presby- 
terial sermon, Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., preached from 
Romans 12:1 and II Corinthians 3:18. 

A rising vote of thanks w^as tendered Dr. Frazer for the 
able and timely message, w^hich v^as ordered to be printed. 

The Committee on Bills and Overtures submitted their 
report v^hich was received and considered seriatim, and 
amended. 

Pending consideration of the report, recess was taken 
until 2 p. m. 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 

Presbytery was led in prayer by Rev. T. H. Mitchell. 
The report of the Committee on Bills and Overtures was 
resumed and adopted as amended as follows : 

REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON BILLS AND 
OVERTURES AS ADOPTED 

The Committee on Bills and Overtures would report that three 
overtures w^ere placed in their hands and we recommend the follow- 
ing answers : 

Overture No. i, from Dr. H. Q. Alexander, requesting that Pres- 
bytery disapprove the teaching of Military Science and Practice in 
Colleges and High Schools. 

Answer: That the request be declined. 

Overture No. 2, from the Trustees of the "Historical Foundation 
of the Presbyterian and Reformed Churches," requesting that the 
Clerk of Presbytery be directed to deposit records of Presbytery 
previous to 1920 with the Foundation. 

Answer: Docketed till spring meeting. 

The overture : 

Whereas, "The Historical Foundation of the Presbyterian and 
Reformed Churches" has been established by our General Assembly 
with nine trustees, with office at Montreat in our own state, and in 
a fire proof building for safe keeping of all records of the Church; 
and 

Whereas, it is of the utmost importance that all of our records 
be kept under the best of fire protection, not subject to circulation 



22 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

and misplacement, and that they be assembled at one point for con- 
venience in research work to the whole Church ; 

Therefore be it resolved, that the Stated Clerk of Mecklenburg 
Presbytery be instructed to deposit all the records of Presbytery 
previous to 1920 with the Historical Foundation of the Presbyterian 
and Reformed Churches for safe keeping in the fireproof building at 
Montreat, N. C, and without altering in any way or any degree the 
title of the Presbytery in said records. 

Overture No. 3, from Fayetteville Presbytery requesting Meck- 
lenburg Presbytery to appoint a committee to investigate the ad- 
visability and feasibility of establishing a junior college for boys. 

Answer : 

1. That a committee of five be appointed to co-operate with the 
committee of Fayetteville Presbytery, and like committees from 
other Presbyteries that may be appointed, to investigate the whole 
question as to cost, location, and plans for securing the necessary 
funds. 

2. That when the committees have obtained the necessary in- 
formation the advisability of calling meetings of the several Pres- 
byteries interested be left to the judgment and action of the joint 
committees. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LYNN R. WALKER, Chairman. 

W. S. HAMITER. 

C. H. LITTLE. 

W. L. BROWN. 

C. E. CHOATE, Committee. 

C. H. Rowan, W. H. Frazer, L. H. Query, Q. N. Huney- 
cittt, Dr. H. Q. Alexander, and W. C. Underwood requested 
that their votes in opposition to the committee's report be 
recorded with reference to military training in schools and 
colleges. 

The Moderator appointed the following committee to 
confer with like committees of Fayetteville Presbytery and 
others to confer about a Junior College : A. A. Walker, 
S. B. McLean, C H. Rowan, L. R. Walker, Dr. R. H. Laf- 
ferty. 

The following report was adopted as amended: 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S 
MINUTES 

Your Committee begs to submit the following report : 

The Minutes of the General Assembly have been examined and 
are admirably prepared and printed. The Appendix furnishes much 



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valuable and interesting material. The attention of Presbytery is 
especially called to the action of Assembly in erecting the "Com- 
mittee on Assembly Work," or possibly better known as the "Com- 
mittee of Forty-Four," 

We respectfully recommend the following: 

1. That the pastors of Presbytery give due attention to the 
special days appointed by the Assembly and shown on page number 
12 of the Minutes of the Assembly. 

2. That the consideration of the proposed changes in the Di- 
rectory of Worship be docketed till the spring meeting. 

3. That consideration of paying the per capita tax for the His- 
torical Foundation be docketed till spring. The amount of tax is 

$155-84. 

C. G. LONG. 

J. A. McINTYRE. 

B. F. YANDELL. 

R. W. CULBERTSON. 

The following report was adopted : 

REPORT ON LEADERSHIP TRAINING 

Your sub-committee on Religious Education having charge of 
the leadership training work for the Presbytery respectfully reports 
as follows : 

Carrying out the recommendation of Presbytery made a year 
ago that four ladies from the Assembly's Training School be em- 
ployed to do this work in the Presbytery during the summer, we 
employed the four ladies to do Daily Vacation Bible School and 
Teacher Training Work. Misses Annie Irene Brown, Evelyn Gainey, 
Mary Sturgis, and Mary Howard Turlington were our workers. One- 
half the salary and half the traveling expenses of two of them was 
paid by the Committee of Publication -in Richmond. Twelve Bible 
schools were conducted in different places in the Presbytery as fol- 
lows : Amity, Cornelius, Ellerbe, Huntersville, Mulberry, McGee, 
Philadelphia, Seversville, St. Paul, Sugaw Creek, Williams Memo- 
rial, and Rockingham, each school running for twelve days. 

The total enrollment for the twelve Bible schools was 798 with 
75 local volunteer helpers. These ladies also conducted twelve one- 
unit Teacher Training Schools with a total enrollment of 245, to 32 
of whom credits were issued by the Richmond Committee. 

The total cost of these schools to Presbytery was not more 
than seventy cents per pupil, or six cents per day per pupil. 

In the opinion of your committee one of the most encouraging 
features of this work was the larger number of local helpers who 
volunteered their services, and for tv/elve days had the opportunity 
of working with and under the supervision of these trained work- 
ers. This alone, we feel, was worth the whole cost of the work to 
Presbytery. We doubt not that the minds and hearts of several of 
these girls were turned towards the Assembly's Training School as 



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a result of this work with these splendid, consecrated ladies. Your 
committee was delighted with the splendid work they did for us. 

Financial Statement 

Receipts 

Mr. Price $300.00 

Mr. Garth 300.00 

Refund for Supplies 11.34 

Sale of Books 3575 

Free-Will Offerings 150.46 

Total Receipts $797-55 

Disbursements 

Salaries $555-00 

Books and Supplies _ 101.35 

Letter Writing 1.50 

Workers' Traveling Expenses 78.95 

Postage, Phone Calls 3.71 

Total Expenditures $740.51 

Balance in Bank $ 57.04 

Recommendations 

1. We recommend, first, that as many churches of the Presby- 
bytery as can put on these Bible Schools and Teacher Training 
work, those that are able to do so financing the work themselves. 

2. That Presbytery continue this work next summer in the 
weaker churches of Presbytery on the same conditions that it was 
done this year, namely, that four ladies from the Training School 
be employed again ; that $300.00 be appropriated from Presbytery's 
Tax Fund and the same amount from the Home Missions Commit- 
tee, the rest of the amount needed to come from the Richmond 
Committee and from free-will offerings where the work is done. We 
are taking for granted that our Richmond Committee will give us 
the same aid it did this year, 

3. We believe the weakest point in this year's work was the 
small number of Teacher Training credits issued compared with 
the large number of teachers enrolled. We would, therefore, recom- 
mend that pastors and Sunday School superintendents remind their 
teachers and prospective teachers where this work is done to take 
advantage of the teacher training work and urge them to work for . 
credits. We would also call the attention of the pastors and super- 
intendents to the Standard Teacher Training School to be con- 
ducted in the Second Church, of Charlotte, beginning Sunday after- 
noon, October 30th, and that they urge their teachers to attend this 
school and secure credits. 

4. It is recommended that Rev. S. B. Lyerly be made chairman 
of Committee on Religious Education and that Rev. P. W. Wilson be 
added to the Committee on Leadership Training. 

W. S. HAMITER, Chairman Sub-Committee. 



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Revised Arrangements for C. R. Nisbet's Installation 

The Session of Caldwell Memorial Church respectfully requests 
that the recent action taken appointing a commission to install 
Rev. Charles R, Nisbet as pastor and leaving the time for said in- 
stallation to be determined by the commission be amended as fol- 
lows : 

Add Rev. G. C. Huntington to the commission; appoint Rev. W. 
H. Frazer to preside, propound the constitutional questions and 
charge the people; Rev. A. S. Johnson to charge the pastor, and 
that Rev. J. H. Henderlite, D.D., of Kings Mountain Presbytery be 
invited to preach the serm.on. That Elders W. E. Price and John 
B. Ross be added to the commission. 

The time to be October 30, 1927, at 11 a. m. 

Sabbath and Family Religion 

The report of the Committee on Sabbath and Family 
Religion was adopted as follows : 

Noting with pleasure the increasing interest of our people in the 
work of the Lord's Day Alliance and appreciating most heartily the 
recent visit and addresses of Dr. Wyley, president of the Alliance, 
and several of his co-workers in the city of Charlotte, and the ex- 
cellent address of Dr. H. P. Bowlby before Presbytery: We recom- 
mend that our ministers be and are hereby requested to preach a 
sermon on the observance of the Sabbath at as early a date as prac- 
ticable, and to take the offering for Protestant Relief in Europe 
and the work of the Alliance on October 30th, the time designated 
by the General Assembly for the purpose. 

R. J. McILWAIN, Chairman. 

Judicial Business — Sugaw Creek 

The following report was submitted : 

Your Committee on Judicial Business would respectfully report 
as follows : 

First : That the two papers, and all questions involved in the 
same, and bearing upon conditions in the Sugaw Creek Church be 
referred to a commission of Presbytery and that full power and 
authority be given- the commission to redress any and all evils 
found to exist in said church. 

Second: That the following men constitute this commission: 
Rev. A. R. Shaw, D.D., Rev. R. S. Burwell, D.D., Rev. C. R. Nisbet, 
D.D., Elder Thomas Smith, Elder T. B. Spratt. Rev. C. H. Rowan. 

C. H. ROWAN, Chairman. 

The Judicial Committee's report was amended to add 
Rev. C. H. Rowan and clothe commission with power to 
act, and was adopted. 



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SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

Your Committee on Schools and Colleges has had before it the 
report of the Board of Trustees of Queens College and also the 
address of President W. H. Frazer. 

We note with pleasure the progress made by this college dur- 
ing the past year and its present flourishing conditions. 

This progress is manifest in the largest enrollment in the his- 
tory of the institution, about 370; the dedication of Sara E. Morri- 
con Hall September 9th, providing rooms for 40 students, dining- 
room for 450, kitchen, dish-room pantry, cold storage and refrigera- 
tion facilities and recreational hall. This hall, the gift of Mrs. Sara 
E. Morrison ; the election of a vice-president w^ho shall have charge 
of the curriculum, and the inauguration of a movement to meet the 
requirements of the Southern Educational Association for accredit- 
ing by raising $200,000 additional endow^ment are the outstanding 
features of the progress of Queens College. 

We note with pleasure the splendid work being done in Bible 
Study under the able direction of Rev, C. W. Somerville, D.D., as- 
sisted by Rev. Edgar G. Gammon, D.D. 

We note total gross income from board, tuition and student fees 
for the current year promises about $120,000 as over against $100,000 
last year. With anticipated income from the Synod and invested 
funds the total of $136,000 will be realized for operating during the 
present year. 

Resolved: i. That Presbytery express its approval of the elec- 
tion of L. Wilson Jarman as vice-president and pledge him our 
support in every way possible in his work. 

2. That we have heard with pleasure the address of Rev. W. 
H. Frazer, president. That Presbytery approve the movement of 
the Board of Trustees to raise $200,000 additional endowment and 
urge all our churches to co-operate with President Frazer in his 
efforts to raise the same. 

3. That Presbytery express to Mrs. Sara E. Morrison our ap- 
preciation of her munificent gift, represented in Sara E. Morrison 
Hall, now in use upon the campus of Queens College, and pledge to 
her our purpose to use the same for the Christian education of the 
young womanhood of our land. 

4. That Presbytery pledge its continued support to Queens 
College, joining hands with the trustees in a determination to make 
this an A-grade, four-year college for women inferior to none. 

Chas. R. NISBET, Chairman. 
I. E. WALLACE. 

The report was adopted. 

PRESBYTERIAL ASSESSMENTS 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg: 

Your Committee on Presbytery's Assessments would report that 
the following churches have not paid their assessments for 1926-1927, 



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'2.1 



to wit: Allan, Badin, Bethany, Beulah, Brainard, Lee Park, Liles- 
ville, Locust, Midland, Morgan Memorial, Norman, Norwood, Oak- 
boro, Palestine, Peachland, Rehoboth, Salem, Siler, Stanfield, Star, 
Stephenson, Troy, Turner, Unionville, Walkersville. 

The following have paid in part, to wit : Biscoe, Candor, Car- 
mel, North Charlotte, Pageland. 

We also notice that a number of these churches did not pay 
their assessments for the year 1925-1926. 

We recommend that those ministers in charge of these de- 
linquent churches try to get them to make payment of their assess- 
ments, particularly for the year 1926-1927. 

We recommend an assessment of 22 cents per member for Pres- 
byterial purposes for the year 1927-1928. 

T. M. STRIBLING, Chairman. 

The committee's report was adopted : 

Report of Permanent Committee on Orphans' Home was 
adopted as follows : 

BARIUM SPRINGS ORPHANAGE 

Your committee to whom was referred a communication from 
the superintendent of Orphans' Home would report : 

1. There are now 355 children being cared for by the orphan- 
age, and no possibility of taking others until the much-needed relief 
in finances is secured. 

2. Church organizations and individuals are invited to call upon 
the superintendent for literature and other information concerning 
the needs of the orphanage. 

3. Friends of the orphanage are cordially invited to visit the 
institution, get first-hand information, and become publicity agents; 
but they are most respectfully urged to make such visits on some 
other day than the Sabbath. 

4. Your committee would very earnestly request that each pas- 
tor present the cause of the orphanage a suitable time before 
Thanksgiving and take such measures for impressing the needs of 
the institution upon his people as will secure as liberal a response as 
possible in this special Thanksgiving offering. 

Respectfully submitted. 

W. H. JOHNSTON. 
R. W. CULBERTSON. 



Records of Presbytery 

Report of Standing Committee on Records of Pres- 
bytery was adopted as follows : 



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Your committee, having examined the records of Presbytery, 
finds that the proceedings of this court have been carefully recorded 
and prepared far circulation. 

The records are attractive in appearance and seem to be cor- 
rect in details. We commend the efficient work of clerks and 



prmters. 



Respectfully submitted, 



W. H. JOHNSTON. 
ROBT. H. LAFFERTY. 

Rev. Lynn R. Walker, D.D., was added to the Board of 
Trustees of the Albemarle Normal and Industrial Institute. 

The Leave of Absence Committee submitted a report 
which was adopted. 

The Committee on Foreign Missions presented the fol- 
lowing report which was adopted : 

FOREIGN MISSION REPORT TO PRESBYTERY 

Predictions about China are hardly more than guesses, yet there 
seems increasing ground for hope that our missionaries can return 
to their v^ork there at no distant day. In the meantime our For- 
eign Mission Commitee and practically all other Foreign Mission 
boards are pursuing substantially the same course. Of our China 
missionaries 62, whose furloughs were due or within one year of 
being due, are taking their furlough now. Of the 23 on furlough 
last year who were unable to return at the appointed time, those 
whose health will permit are seeking temporary employment. Of 
the other 22 have been returned by their Missions to this country to 
secure remunerative employment, if possible, till the way opens for 
their return to China. The remaining 90 are waiting in Japan, Korea, 
and port cities of China till conditions in China permit them to go 
back to their stations. In the meantime they are pursuing their 
studies and doing fruitful missionary work in the places where they 
are waiting. 

The extra expense of this evacuation of all our -200 China mis- 
sionaries from their stations, and their sojourn elsewhere under far 
more expensive living conditions, will amount to. at least $125,000. 
Of this amount only some $25,000 was received from the special 
collection of June 12th ordered by the Assembly, This enormous 
extra expense the Committee is paying from month to month, bor- 
rowing the money for the purpose. 

Of course this evacuation expense is outside of and additional 
to the debt, which stood at $290,000 on last April ist. It is also out- 
side of and additional to the regular running expenses of the work. 

The last General Assembly ordered that these regular running 
expenses be brought within the actual receipts of the previous year. 
To carry out this order both the Foreign Mission Committee and 



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the Committee of Forty-Four took the following momentous action. 
They ordered that the money assigned to our missionaries, not for 
their own support, but for the support of the various forms of mis- 
sion work that they are actually doing on the field, be reduced by 
$100,000, this terrific cut to go into effect on April i, 1928. 

So vividly did the Committee of Forty-Four realize the tragic 
consequences of this action that they instructed their chairman to 
issue in their name a solemn and urgent call to the Church at large 
to so increase its Foreign Mission gifts between now and next 
April 1st as to obviate the necessity of this disastrous cut. This is 
no cry of wolf when there is no wolf. The Committee of Forty- 
Four authoritatively informs the Church that, the financial condition 
of the Foreign Mission work being what it is, the only thing that 
can remove the necessity of this cut is an immense increase in this 
year's Foreign Mission contributions. 

We therefore, recommend that the Presbytery call upon its 
Churches and individual members to greatly increase, and, if pos- 
sible, double their Foreign Mission gifts this year. 

We recommend this because this impending cut will mean the 
dismissal of hundreds of native workers on whose education and 
training thousands of dollars and years of labor have been spent. 

We recommend it because this cut will mean the closing^ of 
scores of mission schools and the shutting out of thousands of young 
people from all prospect of Christian education and careers of Chris- 
tian usefulness. 

We recommend it because this cut will mean the closing of 
scores of outstations which are now centers of Christian light and 
activity and the sinking back into heathenism of large sections of 
our territory on which years of toil and prayer have been expended. 

We recommend it because this will be the greatest blow that has 
ever fallen upon our Church's Foreign Mission work in all its his- 
tory, carrying disaster into every mission field and bitter grief into 
every missionary home. 

We recommend it because our Church has never yet averaged as 
much as one cent a day per member for Foreign Missions and is 
well able, without excessive sacrifice, to double its present rate of 
Foreign Mission giving. 

We recommend it because this work is Christ's work, committed 
to us by our Lord Himself, and so abundantly blessed by Him as to 
give us every encouragement to support and expand it. 

Finally, we recommend it because, if we as a Church prefer to 
hold on to our money rather than save our Lord's work from an 
unprecedented disaster, we shall prove ourselves guilty of gross 
disloyalty, nay, of putting to an open shame Him who loved us and 
gave Himself for us, and whose last command to us was to go into 
all the world, disciple all nations, preach the gospel to every crea- 
ture. 

W. B. McILWAINE, JR., Chairman. 

The chairman was directed to present the report from 
the Foreign Missions Committee to the women's meetings 



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at Wilmoore Church Thursday and at Mallard Creek Church 
Friday. 

The Stated Clerk, Permanent Clerk, and Trustees of 
Presbytery were re-elected by rising vote. They are as 
follows, J. G. Garth, Statd Clerk, J. W. Stork, Permanent 
Clerk, Trustees, W. H. Belk, H. C. Alexander, and J. L. 
Choate. 

Mt. Gilead was selected for the spring meeting, to be 
held April 10, 1928, at 8 p. m. 

An adjourned meeting was appointed for the first Mon- 
day, December 5th, at 2 p. m., at the First Church, Char- 
lotte. 

Resolutions of thanks were adopted by rising vote. 

RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

After a delightful meeting of Presbytery, in St. Paul's Church, 
the- members of the Presbytery would express to the members of 
that church their most hearty appreciation. We have been given 
comfortable accommodations for the week; some of us have had 
most hospitable entertainment in the homes of the people ; the 
ladies have done second to none in feeding our hungry multitudes ; 
and in every way the people of St. Paul's Church have shown their 
welcome and made the Presbytery comfortable and happy. We 
thank them. And we pray the blessing of God on our brother 
Lyerly and on his people. 

The Presbytery requests that this expression of its appreciation 
be read from the pulpit of the church next Sunday morning. 

WM. B. McILWAINE, JR., Chairman. 

The minutes of today's session were read and adopted. 

The calling of the roll was dispensed with. 

Presbytery adjourned with singing Blest Be the Tie That 
Binds, and benediction by the Moderator. 

J. M. WALKER, Moderator 

J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 
J. F. LIGON, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



ADJOURNED MEETING 

June 6, 1927. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session in the 
senior room of the First Church, Charlotte, at 2 p m., June 
6th. No Moderator being present, the Stated Clerk opened 
the meeting with prayer. Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, arriving 
just afterwards, and being the last Moderator present, took 
the chair and and presided over the meting. 

ROLL 

Ministers: W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., J. G. Garth, S. A. 
Ewart, A. A. McGeachy, C. W. Somerville, J. W. Grier, R. 
W. Culbertson, B. F. Yandell, P. W. Wilson, J. R. Bridges, 
A. S. Johnston, R. S. Burwell, S. B. Lyerly, W. S. Hamiter, 
W. T. Smith, L. W. Brown, G. C Huntington, W. B. S. 
Chandler, C. H. Little, J. M. Walker, A. A. Walker, C. C 
Beam, W. H. Johnston, M. E. Peabody', T. F. Huneycutt, 
C. E. White, J. F. Ligon, A. R. Shaw, S. B. McLean. 

Elders : F. S. Neal, Sugaw Creek ; C F. BroAvn, Steele 
Creek ; Capt. W. M. Anderson, Second Church ; Dr. H. Q. 
Alexander, Providence ; W. L. Wallis, Tenth Avenue ; J. D. 
Woodside, Caldwell Memorial ; J. T. Wardlaw, Myers Park; 
W. F. Baker, Sharon ; C. S. Harkey, Philadelphia ; G. W. 
Stewart, Hopewell ; W. L. Summerville, Thomasboro ; J. 
Wilson Miller, Amity; O. W. Potts, Banks; W. C. Barnett, 
Pineville ; J. P. Sample, Carmel. 

Mr. W. H. Matheson, a licentiate of Concord Presbytery, 
presented a certificate of dismissal from his Presbytery, and 
after due examination in regular form, his degrees of A. B. 
from Davidson College, and B. D. from Union Seminary 
being accepted in lieu of examinations in philosophy and the 
ancient languages, it was ordered that a commission ordain 
and install him at Thomasboro Church, June 19th, at 7 :30 p. 
m. The call had already been found in order, and Mr. 
Matheson expressed his wish to accept the call. Mr. Mathe- 
son also preached a sermon from Hebrew 2:10, which was 
accepted as part of trial. 

Licientiate T. F. Grier, of this Presbytery, presented 
himself for ordination, and after examination, it was or- 



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dered that the sermon be waived, since he had been serving 
two churches in this Presbytery, and had preached an ac- 
ceptable sermon before Presbytery at Sugaw Creek, April, 
1926. On motion, the Moderator ordained Mr. Grier as 
evangelist, as an extraordinary case, his degree from Er- 
skin College being accepted for the usual college branches. 
Dr. C. W. Somerville delivered the charge. 

Mr. Grier was assigned as supply to Waxhaw and Six 
Mile Creek churches till spring meeting of Presbytery. 

Rev. A. L. McDufifie presented a certificate of dismission 
from the Presbytery of Dubuque, Synod of Iowa, U. S. A., 
and after examination in personal religion, theology, and 
the sacraments, and signing the obligation was received in- 
to the Presbytery. Calls for his services from Candor 
($700), Biscoe ($300), and Macedonia ($300), were placed 
in his hands, having been found in order, and accepted by 
him. The following were appointed to install Mr. McDuf- 
fie : Revs. A. A. Walker, G. C. Huntington, and J. M. Walk- 
er, and the elders of Caldwell Memorial Church, the time to 
be selected by the commission. 

Revs. Lock White, Montgomery Presbytery ; J. L. Cald- 
well, Muhlenburg Presbytery, and J. M. W. Elder, Roanoke 
Presbytery, sat as visiting brethren. 

* 

The following report of the committee to consider the 
dissolution of Carmel Church was adopted: 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON DISSOLUTION OF CARMEL 

CHURCH 

The committee met April 25th at Presbyterian Standard office. 
In view of the minutes of Carmel Church and recorded on page 133, 
of the minutes of cession, the committee recommends: 

1. The Carmel Church be dissolved from this date. 

2. The trustees of Carmel Church shall be authorized and in- 
structed to dispose of the church property in harmony with the 
law and the will of the congregation as expressed in the minutes 
aforesaid, page 133. 

3. The former clerk of session of Carmel Church shall issue cer- 
tificates of membership to each and all members of the Church, to 
whatever Church they shall each choose. 

4. The trustees and the clerk shall report to the Presbytery by 



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the fall meeting the performance of their several duties herein 
prescribed. 

H. E. GURNEY. 
J. G. GARTH. 
W. H. JOHNSTON. 
J. P. SAMPLE. 

The records of session of the Carmel Church were or- 
dered placed in the hands of the Stated Clerk for filing. 

Caldwell Memorial asked permission to prosecute a call 
for the pastoral services of Rev. C. R. Nisbet, D.D., of 
Kansas City, Mo., Upper Missouri Presbytery. The call 
being found in order, the permission was granted. 

Hopewell Church was granted permission to engage 
Rev. C. W. Somerville, D.D., as stated supply until fall meet- 
ing of Presbytery. 

Mr. Byron Long was dismissed as a candidate for the 
ministry to the Presbytery of Cherokee, that he might ac- 
cept a call to Cedarholm, Ga. 

Mr. James T. Riddervold was granted a letter of dismis- 
sion as a candidate for the ministry to the Presbytery of 
El Paso that he might accept a call to the church at Bal- 
morea, Texas. 

A communication from the Stated Clerk of the Assem- 
bly with reference to dues for the Assembly's Historical 
Society was placed on the docket for the fall meeting. 

A communication from the administrator of the estate 
of Rev. W. R. Coppedge, D.D., deceased, asserting that this 
estate had bequeathed five lots in the city of Rockingham, 
N. C, to the Presbytery if Mecklenburg, was referred to 
the trustees of the Presbytery. The communication is as 
follows. 

Rev. J. G. Garth, Stated Clerk, 
Mecklenburg Presbytery, 
Charlotte, N. C. 
Dear Sir: 

Item 16 in the will of Dr. W. R. Coppedge makes this 
bequest to the Mecklenburg Presbytery, viz. : 

"I bequeath to the Presbytery of Mecklenburg my other five 
lots on Green Street to be disposed of at such time as the Presby- 



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tery may direc^ and the proceeds distributed according to the Pro- 
gressive Program among the objects of benevolence." 

The lots mentioned are located in Rockingham, N. C, 
and are of some value, how much I can not say. 

I am writing you in order that you may know of this 
provision in Dr. Coppedge's will. If there is anything that 
I can do in assisting you in disposing of the property, I shall 
be pleased to have you call upon me. 

'Yours very truly, 

B. F. REYNOLDS, 
Admr. c. t. a. W. R. Coppedge Estate. 

A resolution, touching military science and practice in 
high schools and colleges, was presented by Dr. H. Q. Alex- 
ander, and at his request -placed on the docket for the fall 
meeting. 

The report of the commissions to install Rev, T. F. 
Huneycutt at Locust and Morgan Memorial churches was 
received and is as follows : 

REPORT OF COMMISSION TO INSTALL 
REV. T. F. HUNEYCUTT 

The commission appointed to install Rev. T. F. Huneycutt pas- 
tor at Locust, met in the Locust Church at ii a. m., Sunday, May 
15, 1927. Present: Rev. A. A. Walker and Rev. W. C. Underwood, 
A. A. Walker presided, preached the sermon, asked the constitu- 
tional questions, and charged the congregation; Rev. W. C. Under- 
v^ood charged the pastor and Mr. Huneycutt w^as duly installed. 

A. A. WALKER, for the Commission. 

On the same day, at 3 p. m.. Rev. T. F. Huneycutt v^as installed 
pastor at Morgan Memorial. Rev. W. C. Underwood preached the 
sermon; Rev. A. A. Walker presided, asked the constitutional ques- 
tions, and charged the pastor and congregation. 

A. A. WALKER, for the Commission. 

The following commission was appointed to ordain and 
install Licentiate W. H. Matheson at Thomasboro : Min- 
isters, J. G. Garth, A. A. Walker, W. H. Frazer, and elders 
W. E. Price and W. L. Summerville. 

Upon the reading of a paper from certain persons from 
Sharon Church, the following resolution was adopted : 



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That a commission of nine be appointed to take up the 
matter of Sharon Church with power, after investigation, 
to take such action in the premises as they think will settle 
this matter, and be for the best interest, peace and harmony 
of the church. 

The following were appointed on the commission : Revs. 
W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., L. W. Brown, W. B. S. Chandler, S. B. 
McLean, and P. W. Wilson, and ruling elders R. A. Dunn, 
G. M. Beaty, P. S. Gilchrist, and J. H. Wearn. Later, Wil- 
liam Anderson was substituted for J. H. Wearn, who plead- 
ed sickness. The change was made by order of the Modera- 
tor. 

Presbytery adjourned to meet in First Church, Char- 
lotte, N. C, July 18th, at 2 p. m. 

W. B. McILWAINE, Moderator. 
S. A. EWART, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



ADJOURNED MEETING 

July 18, 1927. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session in 
First Church, Charlotte at 2 p. m. 

Presbytery was called to order by Rev. W. B. Mcll- 
waine, last Moderator present. 

Opened with prayer by Rev. R. W. Culbertson. 

The following, were present: 

ROLL 

Ministers : J. R. Bridges, C. C. Beam, I. E. Wallace, P. 
W. Wilson, C. H. Rowan, W. H. Matheson, J. W. Grier, R. 
S. Burwell, R. W. Culbertson, B. F. Yandell, M. E. Peabody, 
C. W. Somerville, H. E. Gurney, L. W. Brown, W. B. Mc- 
Ilwaine, A. A. Walker, W. T. Smith, C. H. Little, J. G. 
Garth, S. B. Lyerly, W. H. Johnston, C. G. Long, J. F. 
Ligon, W. C. Underwood, T. F. Grier, and W. P. Chedester. 

Elders : H. Q. Alexander, Providence ; W. M. Bradford, 
Ramah, C. F. Brown, Steele Creek; G. M. Beaty, Severs- 
ville ; C. S. Harkey, Philadelphia ; F. S. Neal, Sugaw Creek ; 
G. E. Wilson, Myers Park; J. W. Miller, Amity; T. W. 
Stewart, Hopewell ; R. L. Smith, West Avenue ; J. E. 
Thomas, Thomasboro ; McAlister Carson, First Church. 

Rev. D. B. Gregory, of Brazos Presbytery; Rev. J. L, 
Caldwell, D.D., of Muhlenberg Presbytery; Rev. E. G. Gam- 
mon, D.D., of Tuscaloosa Presbytery, and Rev. M. P. Cain, 
of New Orleans Presbytery were invited to sit as visiting 
brethren. 

Rev. E. G. Gammon presented a sertificate of dismissal 
from Tuscaloosa Presbytery. After his examination was 
sustained as satisfactory and he had signed the covenant he 
was enrolled as member of this Presbytery. 

M. R. Moss, of First Church, Charlotte ; F. J. Knox, of 
Bethel Church, and Harold Rummage, of Albemarle Church, 
Presented credentials from their respective sessions, and 
having been examined, they answered the questions for can- 
didates and a charge was delivered by Dr. C. W. Somerville, 



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and thus were received under the care of Presbytery as can- 
didates for the ministry. 

A call from the Myers Park Church for the pastoral 
services of Rev. E. G. Gammon, at a salary of $5,000 and a 
manse, w^as found in order. The call w^as placed in Dr. 
Gammon's hands. He signified his acceptance. 

The follov^ing commission w^as appointed to install Rev. 
E. G. Gammon as pastor of Myers Park Church on Sep- 
tember 18, 1927: Revs. C. C. Beam, W. H. Frazer, A. A. 
Walker, and elders R. A. Dunn, and J. T. Wardlav^. Per- 
mission w^as granted the church to invite Rev. B. R. Lacy, 
Jr., of Richmond, Va., to preside, preach and propound the 
questions. Mr. Beam to charge the pastor, and Dr. Frazer 
to charge the people. 

Rev. W. W. Moore was granted permission to labor out- 
side the bounds of Presbytery until the next stated meet- 
ing. 

Rev. H. H. Cassady was granted a certificate of dismissal 
to Kings Mountain Presbytery. 

Commission to ordain and install W. H. Matheson as 
pastor of Thomasboro Church reported as follows : 



ORDINATION OF W. H. MATHESON 

The commission to ordain and install W. H. Matheson pastor of 
Thomasboro Church met at that Church Sunday evening at 7:30 
o'clock, June 19, 1927. Members of the commission present were : 
Rev. J. G. Garth, Rev. A. A. Walker, Dr. W. H. Frazer, Elder W. L. 
Summerville, and Elder W. E. Price. The commission was consti- 
tuted with prayer. Rev. J. G. Garth presided and Elder W. E. 
Price acted as clerk. Rev. A. A. Walker preached the seromn from 
the text, Phil. 2:12. Rev. J. G. Garth propounded the questions to 
the pastor and people, and with laying on of hands and prayer, 
W. H. Matheson was regularly ordained and installed pastor. Dr. 
W. H. Frazer charged the pastor and Elder W. E. Price charged 
the people. After prayer by Dr. Frazer and benediction by the pas- 
tor the commission adjourned. 

J. G. GARTH, Moderator. 

W. E. PRICE, Clerk. 

Commission to install Rev. A. L. McDuffie as pastor of 
the churches in the Candor group reported as follows : 



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INSTALLATION OF REV. A. L. McDUFFIE 

The commission to install Rev. A. L. McDuffie as pastor of 
Candor, Macedonia, and Biscoe churches met at Candor Church 
Sunday, June 26th at 11 a. m. Present: Rev. A. A. Walker, Rev. J. 
M. Walker, Rev. G. C. Huntington, Elders M. W. Woodside, E. G. 
Cochrane, F. H. Bierman, and W. E, Price. Commission was con- 
stituted w^ith prayer. Rev. A. A. Walker presided and W. E. Price 
acted as secretary. 

Rev. J. M. Walker preached the sermon at Candor and Biscoe 
from the- text, Luke 22:27, and charged the pastor at Macedonia. 
Rev. A. A. Walker propounded the questions to the pastor and 
people at each of the three churches. 

Rev. G. C. Huntington preached at Macedonia from text, Rom. 
5 :i7, and charged the pastor at Candor. Rev. A. A. Walker charged 
at pastor at Biscoe. 

Elder W. E. Price charged the congregation at Candor. Elder 
W. M. Woodside charged the congregation at Macedonia and Elder 
F. H. Bierman charged the congregation at Biscoe. The pastor was 
duly installed at each of the churches. Bejiediction pronounced by 
the pastor. Commission adjourned. 

REV. A. A. WALKER, Moderator. 
W. E. PRICE, Clerk. . 

OVERTURE TO SYNOD FROM MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 

Presbyterian Standard 

Presbytery's committee on the subdizing of the Presby- 
terian Standard reported. 

The report was received and recommendations adopted 
as follows : 

That whereas the Presbyterian Standard, the Synod's official 
organ, is run at a deficit of about $4,000 a year, and whereas other 
Church papers, sustain similar losses, and are supported by their 
Church organizations, we recommend that the following overture be 
adopted and sent to Synod: 

We overture the Synod of North Carolina, meeting in Concord, 
October 4, 1927, to grant a subsidy of $4,000 to the Presbyterian 
Standard for the year 1927. Done in Presbytery, meeting in the 
First Presbyterian Church, 

J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 

Commission appointed to act on the Sharon Church mat- 
ter reported as follows : 



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FINDINGS OF SHARON COMMISSION 

Report of the findings, recommendations and orders of the 
commission appointed by Mecklenburg Presbytery "to take up the 
matter of Sharon Church with power, after investigation, to take 
such action in the premises as they think will settle this matter, and 
be for the best interest, peace and harmony of the Church." 

The Commission of Mecklenburg Presbytery acting under the 
authorization of the above quoted authority, would herein record its 
findings, recommendations and orders. 

The Commission has held five sessions. We have studied the 
records in the case; we have held public and private hearings, due 
notice being given ; we believe we are thoroughly acquainted with 
the situation. The Session of the Church with its 200 adherents is 
opposed by the former Board of Deacons with its approximately 
40 or 50 followers. Beginning in small issues, magnified by suspicion 
and jealousy, and possibly ambition, under unwise leadership good 
men have been led into wrong positions, ties of blood have been 
ignored, ties of friendship have been sundered, ties of Christian 
love have been cast behind. No wonder then that Sharon Church 
has suffered, tliat ootn hiues to tne controversy have lived in bitter- 
ness, that both sides have shown discourtesy and disrespect to the 
Presbytery, and that occasion has been given to the enemies of Christ 
to blaspheme. We say these things not with any desire to be cen- 
sorious, nor with any pleasure in wounding the feelings of any one, 
but because we feel that in this unfortunate situation the fault is 
not on just one side, but that both Session and former Deacons are 
to be blamed. We cannot but feel that had there been more of 
Christ and less of self there would have been no quarrel in Sharon 
Church. 

No fairer nor abler presentation of the points at issue can be 
given than was made in the report of Rev. G. F. Bell, D.D., and Mr. 
F. S. Neal,- received and adopted by the Presbytery in session on 
September 20th. In that action the Presbytery settled, and settled 
aright several of the points still complained of by the former Boafd 
of Deacons. But there are other matters to which we should speak 
specifically. It is charged that Clerk of Session, Elder J. V. Brown, 
mutilated his minute book by cutting out one sheet, rather than let 
it be seen by several of the Deacons going to him with a request 
that they be allowed to see that record. Having the statements of 
both parties and studying the minute book, we can see no evidence 
of any wrong on the part of Mr. Brown ; but we unhesitatingly say 
it was wrong for one of the visiting Deacons to take possession of 
that sheet in the absence of Mr. Brown. 

Under date of February 26, 1926, the following minute appears 
in the records of the Session: "A few of .the ladies of the Church 
met with the Session stating that they had purchased the com- 
munity house and that they wanted to make the deed over to the 
elders for the Church ; to be used for the social and spiritual inter- 
est of the community; and for the ladies to have control of same. 
The last request was readily granted." Now the old Board of 
Deacons objects to this action of the Session, quoting the Book of 
Church Order, par. 45, which says of the Deacons, "They shall 



40 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



have the care of the property of the congregation, both real and 
personal." We should notice that the sentence continues "... and 
shall keep in proper repair the Church Edifice and other buildings 
belonging to the congregation." Here we see that the diaconate 
control is over the physical equipment. As it appears to us, the 
ladies asked for and were granted control over the community 
house's social and recreational and educative program. This is 
strictly within the province of the Session, and its delegation to a 
committee of the ladies of the congregation in no wise trespassed on 
the authority of the diaconate. But supposing, — and it may be true, 
that the ladies included in their request a call for the care of the 
building. It was a gift from the ladies ; its program was under their 
supervision ; what more natural than that the ladies themselves 
should wish to watch over its upkeep and its equipment? This is 
the; auxiliary work of our ladies, in which the Church has always 
taken delight. Of course that does not give the comniittee of ladies 
authority to build or to tear down, or put their hands into the treas- 
uray of the church for one penny. This is the sacred trust of the 
Board of Deacons. And we do not believe the Session intended to 
confer any such authority. It is just another case to show the lack 
of comity between the Session and the Diaconate. 

On January 20th, Presbytery met in a very remarkable Session 
at Sharon Church. The climax of that meeting was recorded in the 
minutes of Presbytery in the following language. "The Session of 
Sharon Church was requested to call a congregational meeting in 
the near future to elect deacons ; and'was also requested to re-elect 
the eight former deacons who had resigned." At an adjourned 
meeting of Presbytery on March 7th this minute was corrected to 
call a meeting of the congregation as early as possible for the pur- 
pose of electing the original eight (8) deacons and no others, if" the 
way be clear, and that they be reinstated," Certainly there is a 
difference here. A minute from the Sessional Records of Sharon 
Church, dated January 22, reads, "Moved and carried that session 
call a congregational meeting for the purpose of electing deacons 
February 6, 1927. That Presbytery's request be granted to elect 
T. J. Samond, J. A. Black, J. M. Caldwell, W. C. Rankin, A. Q. 
Alexander, Clarence Elliott, W. D. Standford, W. R. Lee. This 
congregational meeting was held on February 6, and only three of 
the original Deacons were re-elected. It is a pertinent fact that on 
the Sunday morning after the meeting of Presbytery at Sharon 
thfee of the old Deacons were present in the church service, three 
were on the grounds and did not go into the church, and two did 
not come at all. The three who attended that morning service were 
re-elected; the others were not elected. We do not question the 
right of a congregation to el^ct whomsoever it pleases as its offi- 
cers ; but in this particular situation we feel that Session and con- 
gregation "failed to carry out a gentleman's agreement." We feel 
too, that in refusing to come into the church when they found that 
the pastor was conducting the service, at least three of the former 
Deacons showed anything but proper qualifications for office in 
Sharon Church. More than that, we feel that the Presbytery had 
taken action under tremendous emotional pressure, and that the 
congregation was equally excited. Even the minutes of the meeting 
had to be corrected by Presbytery later. The whole situation was 
over-forced. It was foredoomed to failure. 



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Neither Session nor former Deacons has brought formal charge 
against anyone. Ugly things have been said, but these were in no 
small part because ugly feelings have been indulged. We do not 
recommend to the Presbytery prosecution of any charges against 
anyone. 

On July 7th the Commission spent the day at Sharon. Both 
parties were present; and both parties gave the Commission the 
finest courtesy. As to the condition of the church, we find that it 
is prospering despite the unfortunate disaffection of so many of its 
members. We cannot but feel that somebody is praying. The re- 
ports on attendance, collections and general spirit, are uniformly 
enthusiastic. We believe that God is blessing the church and that 
a majority of the members are striving for the glory of God. 

We recommend to the former Board of Deacons and their sym- 
pathizers in this controversy, that they accept the report of Rev. 
G. F. Bell and F. S. Neal, adopted by Presbytery, and the report of 
this present Commission, as settling forever, whether according to 
their ideas or otherwise, the dispute between Session and Diaconate, 
and that they reassume fellowship in the church of their fathers, 
relying on time and God's grace to heal all wounds. However, if 
there be anyone who feels that he should not return to active mem- 
bership in this his own church, we counsel him to promptly apply 
to the Session of the church for his letter of transfer to that church 
in which he can take active part; and we order the Session of 
Sharon Church to give to any such one applying for such transfer, 
a letter such as is given to other members in regular standing. 

This commission has already set forth that it does not place the 
blame for the situation that developed in Sharon Church, on any 
one person, or on either side of the controversy. But it is inevitable 
in such circumstances, especially when he is active on one side, that 
the pastor should lose his influence over some of the opposing fac- 
tion. We feel that in this present case there are quite a number of 
the members of Sharon Church to whom the present pastor can no 
longer minister as spiritual adviser and guide. Therefore in a spirit 
of fairness to the minority as well as to the majority, we recommend 
to him that when he shall have opportunity to transfer his labors to 
some other field, he accept the call. We believe this would be the 
fair course and the wise course. 

In the name of Christ, let all this controversy cease. 

BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YE ARE MY 
DISCIPLES, IF YE HAVE LOVE ONE TO ANOTHER.— John 
13 :35. 

We direct that copies of this report be placed in the hands of 
the Session of Sharon Church and of Mr. A. Q. Alexander, repre- 
senting the former Board of Deacons. And we order the Session of 
Sharon Church to have this report read before the congregation on 
Sunday morning, July 17, 1927, and without comment. 

Signed for the Commission, 

WM. B. McILWAINE, Chairman. 
July 15, 1927. 



42 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



MINUTES OF MEETING OF THE JUDICIAL COMMISSION 

OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY IN CONSIDERATION 

OF THE SHARON MATTER 

P". ' ' '^ 

The Commission of Mecklenburg Presbytery met having been 
duly called by the Moderator, Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., at the 
office of Mr. R. A. Dunn, Charlotte, N. C, June 13, 1927, at 3 P- m. 
Present: Ministers: Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., Rev. S. B. Mc- 
Lean, Rev. P. W. Wilson; Elders: Mr. R. A. Dunn, Mr. Guy M. 
Beaty. 

The meeting was called to order by the Moderator and consti- 
tuted with prayer, led by Mr. Beaty. 

It was moved, seconded and carried, that a quorum of the com- 
mission should be three ministers and two ruling elders. 

A quorum being present the Commission proceeded to its bus- 
iness. 

Rev. P. W. Wilson was elected Clerk of the Commission. 

In order to acquaint the members of the Commission with the 
details of the case before us the Commission proceeded to a review 
of all the papers and communications in the hands of the Presbytery. 
These were carefully read and discussed. 

After a review of the information on hand in the way of papers, 
communications, etc., the question of possible modes of procedure 
was introduced and discussed. After some discussion motion was 
made to adiourn to meet Tuesday, June 21st at 3:30 p. m., at the 
office of Mr. -R. A. Dunn. Carried. Commission adjourned with 
prayer. 

Signed: REV. P. W. WILSON. Clerk. 

Approved : June 21, 1927. 

Minutes of meeting June 21, 1927: 

The Commission met in adjourned session at the office of Mr. 
R. A. Dunn, Charlotte, June 21st, at 3 :40 p. m. 

Commission called to order, constituted with prayer. 

Present— Ministers : Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., Moderator, 
Rev. S. B. McLean. Rev. W. B. S. Chandler, Rev. L. W. Brown, Rev. 
P. W. Wilson, Clerk; Elders : Mr. P. S. Gilchrist, Mr. Guy M. Beaty. 

A quorum being present the Commission proceeded to business. 

Minutes of the meeting of June 13th were read and approved. 

Paper dated June 13th, signed by alledged committee from 
Sharon congregation re-read upon request. 

Excerpts from minutes of meeting of Mecklenburg Presbytery 
held at Sharon Church, January 20, 1927, read for information upon 
request. 

Motion made by W. B. S. Chandler seconded and after discus- 
sion carried by unanimous vote to adopt the following resolution : 



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The resolution as adopted follows: 

At a meeting of the Commission of Mecklenburg Presbytery 
held on June 21, 1927, at the office of Mr. R. A. Dunn, Charlotte, N. 
C, after due notice, a quorum being present, Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, 
Jr., presiding, the following resolution was adopted: 

Resolved: That this Commission meet at Sharon Presbyterian 
Church at 10 a. m. Thursday, July 7, 1927, for the purpose of con- 
ducting a hearing, under the authority conferred upon the Com- 
mission by Mecklenburg Presbytery in session at the First Presby- 
terian Church, Charlotte, N. C, Monday, June 6, 1927, when and 
where, the "Former Board of Deacons" and their adherents, here- 
inafter designated Complainants; and the Session of Sharon Church 
and their adherents, hereinafter designated Respondents; will ap- 
pear before the Commission and present evidence in substantiation 
of any charges, denials, or countercharges, which they may desire 
to present, which charges, denials, or countercharges shall be sub- 
mitted in writing as follows : 

The Complainants will file with the Chairman of the Commis- 
sion on or before Monday, June 27, 1927, at 6 p. m., the original of 
such complaint, signed in ink by each and every one of such Com- 
plainants and if any be minors their age shall be indicated after 
their signature; and in addition to the original of such complaint, 
eleven copies of the same shall likewise be filed with said Chairman 
(which, however, need not be signed, but the names of the signers 
of the original may be typewritten), one of which copies will be 
forthwith delivered by said Chairman to the Clerk of the Session 
as representative of the said Respondents. 

The Respondents, in turn, will file with the said Chairman on 
or before Tuesday, July 5, 1927, at 12 m., their answer or reply to 
any complaint that may be presented. The original of which shall 
be signed by all of the said Respondents in ink, and if any be minors, 
their ages shall be indicated after the signature, and in addition 
thereto, eleven copies shall like wise be filed with the said Chair- 
man (on which copies the names of the signers of the original may 
be typewritten), one of which copies will be forthwith delivered by 
the said Chairman to the Complainants, who may thereafter file a 
reply with the said Chairman on or before the hearing, signed as 
the original complaint with a like number of copies. 

Be it further resolved : That the above resolution be read from 
the pulpit of Sharon Church by the Pastor or other member of the 
Session of the said Church on Sunday, June 26th and also Sunday, 
July 3, 1927; and that a copy be presented to 'Mr. A. Q. Alexander, 
one of the complainants, who will communicate its content to other 
complainants. 

All minutes and records kept by the Session or Former Board of 
Deacons will be produced for the inspection of the Commission. 

And of the foregoing the Parties named Complainants and Re- 
spondents shall take due notice. 

Signed for the Commission, 

WM. B. McILWAINE, JR., Chairman. 
P. W. WILSON, Clerk. 



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The Commission adjourned with prayer to meet at Sharon Pres- 
byterian Church, July 7th, at 10 a. m. 

Signed : REV. P. W. WILSON, Clerk. 

Approved : July 7, 1927. 

Minutes of meeting, July 7, 1927: 

The Commission met in adjourned session in the Sharon Presby- 
terian Church at 10 a. m., on the morning of July 7, 1927. 

There being a quorum present the meeting was called to order 
by the Moderator and the Commission was constituted with prayer, 
led by Mr. Beaty. 

The following members were present — Ministers: Rev. W. B. 
Mcllwaine, Jr., Moderator, Rev. P. W. Wilson, Clerk, Rev. W. B. S. 
Chandler, Rev. L. W. Brown; Elders : Mr. R. A. Dunn, Mr. Guy M. 
Beaty. 

Commission proceeded to reading of minutes of last meeting, 
which were approved as read. Communications were then read from 
which it was learned that parties named Cornplainants did not wish 
to present formal charges and asked permission only to review some 
matters included in former communications, as will be seen from 
the attached communications. Commission then discussed possible 
methods of procedure and the following resolution which was offer- 
ed by W. B. S. Chandler was adopted: 

"That the entire congregation to be requested to appear before 
the Commission and that a period not to exceed thirty minutes be 
given to both the complainants and respondents in which to make 
public statement of any matters they wished to be heard by the 
Commission, and that they should then furnish to the Clerk of the 
Commission the names of any persons from the congregation, whom 
they might wish to speak for them privately before the commission 
in executive session. After which the congregation should be dis- 
missed ^to hold themselves on call individually by the commission." 

The congregation having been assembled, this resolution was 
read for their information and guidance. The authority under 
which the commission was sitting was made clear to the congrega- 
tion in a statement made to them by the Moderator. The meeting 
was led in prayer by Mr. Chandler and the Commission proceeded to 
act in accordance with the resolution. 

Attached will be found practically complete stenographic report 
of the hearing which followed. As is shown in that report the fol- 
lowing persons were called to appear before the commission and 
were questioned : 

From Complainants: H. C. Reed, J. A. Black, J. W. Porter, T. 
J. Samonds, W. R. Lee, W. D. Stanford, C. W. Rankin, A. Q. Alex- 
ander. 

From Respondents : W. W. Faires, Thorn. Black, J. H. Bol'ok, 
J. B. Brown, W. F. Baker, R. C. Brown, Rev. C. H. Little, J. E. 
Bolick, J. W. Kirkpatrick, Mrs. J. W. Kirkpatrick, E. F. Smth, Mrs. 



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Chalmers Kirkpatrick, Mrs. W. F. Baker, Mr. DeArmon, Charles 
Rea, Mrs. C. H. Little, Miss Maude Rea, Mrs. E. F. Dardine. 

After these were heard and no others were desirous of making 
any statement, the Commission adjourned with prayer to meet in 
the directors room of the Commercial National Bank, Charlotte, on 
Monday, July nth, at 3 p. m. 

Signed: REV. P. W. WILSON, Clerk. 

Approved: July 11, 1927. 

The Commission met in adjourned sesson in the board room of 
the Commercial National Bank, Monday, July 11, 1927, at 3 p. m. 

Present: Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., Moderator, Rev. P. W. 
Wilson Clerk, Rev. L. W. Brown, Rev. W. B. S. Chandler; Elders: 
Mr. R. A. Dunn, Mr. G. M. Beaty. 

A quorum being present the Commission was called to order by 
the Moderator and constituted with prayer led by Mr. Brown. Min- 
utes of previous meeting read and approved. 

Possible finds and recommendations of the commission were 
discussed, dismissed, others proposed and discussed. Moved by Mr. 
Chandler and seconded by Mr. Beaty that the Moderator draft a 
tentative statement of the results of the discussion and present it 
for consideration of the Commission at the next meeting of the 
Commission to be held Friday, July 15th, at 3 p. m., in the same 
place of meeting. This motion was, after considerable discussion 
and many suggestions, carried by unanimous vote. 

The commission adjourned, to meet as above, with prayer. 

REV. P. W. WILSON, Clerk. 
Approved : July 15, 1927. 
Minutes of meeting, July 15, 1927. 

The Commission met in the board room of the Commercial Na- 
tional Bank, Friday, July 15, at 3 p. m., in adjourned session. 

The following members were present: Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, 
Jr., Moderator, Rev. P. W. Wilson, Clerk, Rev. L. W. Brown, Rev. 
W. B. S. Chandler; Elders: Mr. R. A. Dunn, Mr. Guy M. Beaty. 

A quorum being found to be present the meeting was called to 
order and the Commission constituted with prayer, led by Mr. 
Beaty. 

Commission proceeded to resume its discussion of possible find- 
ings, recommendations and others. After much careful and prayer- 
ful consideration the following resolution was adopted by a unani- 
mous vote. 

Copy of this resolution will be found attached. 

Moved by Mr. Beatty that the statement of findings, recom- 
mendations and orders as shown in the above resolution be signed 
by Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine for the Commission and that he be here- 
by authorized to so sign it. This motion was seconded and carried. 



46 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Mr. Beaty made a motion that all records of the Sharon matter 
together with minutes of the Commission be placed in the hands of 
the Presbytery for keeping. Seconded and carried. 

The various members were asked to turn into the clerk their 
expense accounts which were as follows : 

Rev. W. B. S. Chandler Traveling Expense $12.00 

Miss Rose Kennedy Stenographic Work 55-00 



Total - $67.00 ^ 

Motion made, seconded and carried, that the Presbytery be re- 
quested to make payment of the items. 

Mr. Beaty made a motion that the Commission plead with the 
Presbytery of Mecklenburg in session at the First Church, Char- 
lotte, July i8th, that it be discharged. Motion seconded and carried. 

Motion made for adjournment, seconded and carried. Commis- 
sion adjourned with prayer led by Mr. Brown after the minutes of 
this meeting were read and approved. 

Signed : REV. P. W. WILSON, Clerk. 

Approved : July 18, 1927. 

This report was accepted and the diligence of the com- 
mission commended. The commission was discharged. 

Minutes and findings of the commission to be printed in 
minutes of Presbytery. All other records connected with 
the case are to be filed with the Stated Clerk of Presbytery. 

Expenses of Commission ordered paid by Presbytery's 
Treasurer. 

A bill for printing evangelistic reports, $6.25, was or- 
dered paid by Presbytery's Treasurer. 

Presbytery then took up the judicial case of Dr. Ayer 
Whitley and Philadelphia Church. Dr. Whitley had been 
suspended by the session. The following appeal was re- 
ceived and placed before Presbytery. 

AN APPEAL TO PRESBYTERY 

Appeal of Dr. Ayer Whitley, Defendant, from the decision of 
the Session of Philadelphia Church in his recent trial and condemna- 
tion on the charge of having had immoral relations with Mrs. Annie 
May Barnes. 

Specifications of Error : 

Mistake and injustice in the judgment and censure. In 
other words, the decision of the court was contrary to the 
evidence. 

Manifestation of prejudice in the case. 
Refusal to receive proper evidence. 

These charges are set forth at length in Dr. Whitley's notice to 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 47 



the session of Philadelphia Church of his appeal from their judg- 
ment to the Presbytery of Mecklenburg. 

We ask the Presbytery to reverse the decision of the session of 
Philadelphia Church, and to declare Dr. Whitley not guilty of the 
charge. 

The evidence in the case was read. Rev. W. B. Mcll- 
waine spoke for appellant, L. W. Brown for appellee and 
Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine made rebuttal. 

The vote on the Philadelphia case was taken by rising 
vote, result : 

1st: Specification sustained. 

2nd : Specification not sustained. 

3rd : Specification not sustained. 

Moved that Dr. Whitley be reinstated in full member- 
ship in Philadelphia Church. 

Substitute motion made that the case be remanded to 
the church for a new hearing. 

Substitute motion was carried. 

The evidence was filed with the Stated Clerk. 

During the vote, Mr. Geo. E. Wilson was seated in Pres- 
bytery as a representative of Myers Park Church in place 
of Mr. J. T. Wardlaw, who had been excused. 

On motion made and carried that the Treasurer of the 
Presbytery be authorized to pay Leadership Training Com- 
mittee a sum not to exceed $75.00 as balance on Daily Va- 
cation Bible Schools. 

After reading and approval of minutes Presbytery ad- 
journed to meet on the 19th of September at 2 p. m., in 
First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

Presbytery closed with prayer by Dr. J. R. Bridges. 

W. B. McILWAINE, Moderator. 
W. H. JOHNSTON, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



CALLED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in called session at the 
First Church, Charlotte, N. C, on August 5th, at 11 a. m., 
and was called to order by Rev. Lynn R. Walker, D.D., Mod- 
erator. The meeting was opened with prayer. 

The following were present: 

Lynn R. Walker, J. G. Garth, J. C. McGehee, R. W. Cul- 
bertson, J. W. Grier, L. W. Brown, B. F. Yandell, M. E. 
Peabody, A. R. Shaw, C.'W. Somerville, S. B. Lyerly, R. S. 
Burwell, W. H. Johnston. 

Elders : C. S. Harkey, Philadelphia; Geo. E. Wilson, Jr., 
Myers Park ; Wm. Anderson, Second Church ; C. F. Brown, 
Steele Creek ; F. S. Neal, Sugaw Creek. 

The call was read as follows : 

The constitutional requirements having been met, I 
hereby call a meeting of Mecklenburg Presbytery to meet 
in Charlotte, First Presbyterian Church at 11 a. m., August 
5, 1927, to attend to the following business : 

1. To hear a request from the session that a judicial 
commission be appointed to assume original jurisdiction in 
that church so that the commission may conduct and con- 
clude a judicial process in the Dr. Ayer Whitley case, which 
was remanded to the session for new trial. 

2. To grant this request if the way is clear. 

3. To consider any other matters connected with the 
above. 

The call was found in order. 

Rev. S. B. Lyerly was appointed temporary clerk. 

Rev. L. W. Brown, pastor of Philadelphia Church, read 
the following request : 

The session of Philadelphia Church do hereby request 
the Presbytery of Mecklenburg to assume jurisdiction in 
that church, and appoint a judicial commission to conduct 
and conclude a judicial process in the case of Dr. Ayer Whit- 
ley, which was remanded for trial to the session, because 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 49 



the session feels its incompetence under the circumstances 
to handle the case. 

The Moderator declared the case was one of reference, 
and called for a motion. It was moved and carried that a 
judicial commission be appointed in accordance with the re- 
quest, the Presbytery assuming jurisdiction. 

The following were appointed: Revs. S. B. McLean, 
chairman, R. W. Culbertson, B. F. Yandell, J. G. Garth, and 
ruling elders, William Anderson and F. S. Neal. The 
quorum shall be a quorum of Presbytery. 

The minutes were read, and approved. Presbytery ad- 
journed with prayer. 

LYNN R. WALKER, Moderator. 

S. B. Lyerly, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



CALLED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in called session in First 
Church, Charlotte, at 11 o'clock, August 31, 1927. 

Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine took the chair as last Moderator 
present. 

Presbytery was constituted with prayer by Rev. Frank 
Grier. 

Following ministers and elders were present: 

Ministers : A. S. Johnston, R. J. Mcllwain, A. R. Shaw-W. 
C. Underwood, Frank Grier, J. W. Grier, J. G. Garth, Q. N. 
Huneycutt, L. W. Brown, B. B. Shankel S. A. Ewart, C. H. 
Rowan, M. E. Peabody, S. B. McLean, W. H. Johnston, G. 
C. Huntington, W. H. Matheson, R. S. Burwell, B. F. Yan- 
dell, J. M. Walker. 

Elders: W. L. Wallis, Tenth Avenue; F. S. Neal, 
Sugaw Creek; J. D. Woodside, St. Paul; E. M. McGee, Mc- 
Gee ; T. W. Bigham, Mulberry; Geo. E. Wilson, Myers 
Park ; W. F. Baker, Sharon ; C. L. Hurdle, Newell ; H. Q. 
Alexander, Providence. 

The call as follows was found in order: 

The constitutional requirements having been met, I hereby call 
a meeting of Mecklenburg Presbytery to convene at First Church, 
Charlotte, N. C, Wednesday, August 31, 1927, at 11 a. m., for the 
following business : 

1. To hear the request of Rev. M. E. Peabody, to dissolve the 
pastoral relation at Sugaw Creek Church. 

2. To receive the reply of Sugaw Creek Church to the request 
above. 

3. To attend to any other matters connected with the business 
in hand. 

LYNN R. WALKER, Moderator. 
Hamlet, N. C, August 15, 1927. 

The call above was also in the behalf of Rev. S. A. Ewart, 
with reference to his pastorates at McGee and Mulberry 
Churches, with the changes necessary being made. 

Rev. M. E. Peabody requested that the pastoral rela- 
tion between himself and Sugaw Creek Church be dissolved. 
After hearing from the church the request was granted. 



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Mr. Peabody was given permission to labor without the 
bounds of Presbytery until fall meting of Presbytery. 

Request came from Rev. S. A. Ewart that the pastoral 
relation be dissolved between himself and McGee and Mul- 
berry churches. After hearing from the churches Presby- 
tery granted the request. 

Rev. S. A. Ewart was given a letter of dismissal to Bethel 
Presbytery. 

Words of appreciation of the work of Mr. Ewart and 
Mr. Peabody were spoken by a number of the brethren. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer by Rev. M. E. Pea- 
body. 

R. J. McILWAIN, Moderator. 
Q. N. Huneycutt, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk, 



ADJOURNED MEETING 

September 19, 1927. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session at 
First Church, Charlotte, on September 19, 1927, at 2 p. m. 

Presbytery was called to order and constituted with 
prayer by the Moderator Dr. Lynn R. Walker. 
The following were present: * 

Ministers : Lynn R. Walker, A. S. Johnson, R. W. Cul- 
bertson, W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., C H. Rowan, W. H. John- 
ston, J. W. Grier, R. J. Mcllwain, T. Frank Grier, S. B. Mc- 
Lean, C E. White, L. W. Brown, W. T. Smith, H. E. Gur- 
ney, J. F. Ligon, M. E. Peabody, A. A. Walker, J. M. Walk- 
er, A. R. Shaw, B. B. Shankel, W. B. S. Chandler, W. C 
Underwood, Q. N. Huneycutt, P. W. Wilson, S. B. Lyerly, 
J. G. Garth. 

Elders : Wm. Anderson, Second Church ; J. R. Wallace, 
Lee Park; C. F. Brown, Steele Creek; J. C. Smith, Marsh- 
ville; J. W. Miller, Amity; E. G. Cochran, Caldwell Memo- 
rial. 

Special prayer was offered by Dr. J. R. Bridges on be- 
half of Dr. A. A. McGeachy, and the clerk was appointed to 
convey the good-will and sympathy of Presbytery to him in 
his serious illness. 

Rev. E. S. Watson, of Pee Dee Presbytery and Rev. Geo. 
F. Robertson, of Holston Presbytery were introduced and 
invited to sit as visiting brethren. 

Wilson W. Moore was granted a letter of dismissal to 
Abingdon Presbytery, and T. F. Grier to Bethel. 

Dr. Chas. R. Nisbet presented a letter of dismissal from 
Upper Missouri Presbytery. After the usual examination 
he was enrolled as a member of Presbytery. 

A call to Caldwell Memorial Church for the pastoral serv- 
ices of Dr. Nisbet having been previously found in order was 
placed in his hands. He accepted the call. 

The following committee was appointed to install Dr. 
Nisbet, and 16th of October, 11a. m., was set for the date of 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 53 



installation : Drs. W. H. Frazer, A. S. Johnson, and Rev. 
G. C. Huntington, with elders W. E. Price and J. B. Ross. 

Report of Judicial Commission to conduct and conclude 
judicial process in the Dr. Ayer Whitley case was read, and 
after discussion was adopted as follows : 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg: 

The Judicial Commission appointed by Presbytery to conduct 
and conclude judicial process in the Dr. Ayer Whitley case respect- 
fully reports that two sessions were held by the Commission at 
which this matter was under consideration. Rev. J. G. Garth was 
elected as Secretary of the Commission. 

Upon information received by the Commission that Dr. Whitley 
had united with Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, careful inquiry was 
instituted to determine positively as to the fact, and written state- 
ments, signed by the Pastor and a Deacon of that Church, were ob- 
tained, to the effect that Dr. Whitley and his wife "joined Mt. 
Harmony Baptist Church during the meeting which began the first 
Sunday of August, 1927" and "are in full fellowship with us." 

Having severed his connection with the Presbyterian Church by 
becoming a member of a church of another denomination, the 
Commission is of the opinion that jurisdiction no longer inheres in 
the Presbyterian Church to conduct and conclude judicial process 
against him and therefore recommends to the Presbytery that the 
case be dismissed and that the Commission be discharged. It is 
further recommended that the Session of Philadelphia Presbyterian 
Church be directed by the Presbj^tery to make proper entry to this 
effect in its minutes and upon its roll book. 

Respectfully submitted, 
S. B. McLEAN, 
Chairman of the Commission. 

MINUTES OF JUDICIAL COMMISSION 

DR. AYER WHITLEY CASE 

The committee met at the call of the chairman. Rev. S. B. Mc- 
Lean, at the First Church, Charlotte, N. C, on September 5, 1927. 
Opened with prayer. Present: S, B. McLean, R. W. Culbertson, B. 
F. Yandell, J. G. Garth, William Anderson and C. F. Brown. F. S. 
Neal was absent. A quorum was present. Rev. J. G, Garth was 
elected secretary. 

The chairman outlined the history of the Ayer Whitley case, 
and stated the object of the meeting. A communication from Rev. 
L. W. Brown, pastor of Philadelphia Church was read which stated 
that he had learned from several officers in the Mt. Harmony Bap- 
tist Church, that Dr. Ayer Whitley had united with that congrega- 
tion on his own statement. On motion the chairman was instructed 
to secure verification of this fact to present to the commission. 

The commission then adjourned with prayer to meet at the call 
of the chairman. 

J. G. GARTH, Secretary. 



54 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



The commission met on September 19th in the First Church, 
Charlotte, with all members present. Opened with prayer. Minutes 
were read and approved. The chairman read statements from the 
pastor and one deacon stating that Dr. Ayer Whitley had been re- 
ceived as a member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church. The com- 
mittee adopted a report to Presbytery (See minutes of Presbytery 
above). The commission's minutes were read and approved. Ad- 
journed with prayer. 

J. G. GARTH, Secretary. 

S. B. McLEAN, Chairman. 

Adopted by Presbytery : 

Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., registered his protest in the 
action of Presbytery in adopting report of the commission : 

For the reason that the case was unjustly referred to a 
commission in as much as the defendant, Dr. Ayer Whitley, 
had been adjudged not guilty by vote of the Presbytery, I 
protest against the action of Presbytery in adopting the 
commission's report. 

W. B. McILWAINE, JR. 

A petition from Euto to organize a Presbyterian Church 
at that place was presented and a commission was appoint- 
ed to organize the church. 

Rev. A. A. Walker was made a member of the commis- 
sion to organize a church at Euto. 

Rev. J. G. Garth presented report of Presbytery for 
Synod, which was adopted. 

Motion was made and carried that the Synodical tax be 
paid. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer by Rev. B. B. Shankel. 

LYNN R. WALKER, Moderator. 
Q. N. HUNEYCUTT, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



APPENDIX 

REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF HOME 
MISSIONS TO MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Meeting in St. Paul Church, October 18, 1927 

Your Committee on Home Missions would respectfully submit 
the following report : 

The first half of the church year has been marked by a number 
of encouraging things, all tending to show that some fine work is 
being done by the men on the field. Things that have given heart 
to your committee as it has patiently labored over many of the per- 
plexing problems which face us in this work are hereby recorded. 

Evangelism 

For one thing it has been a great revival season in many of our 
home mission fields. Twenty odd meetings have been held during 
the summer, and these have been attended with most excellent re- 
sults, both in the ways of conversions and additions to our church. 
These meetings have resulted also in the deepening and quickening 
the spiritual life of the membership of these churches. If the pres- 
et rate of increase keeps up for the rest of the year then your com- 
mittee will be able to report at the end of the year the largest num- 
ber of accessions to the church from the home mission fields we 
have reported for a number of years. It is this phase of the work 
that is so encouraging to your committee, and should encourage us 
all in our home mission task. Our faithful and efficient Superin- 
tendent, Rev. A. A. Walker, has given most of his time this summer 
to this special phase of the work. Out of this evangelistic move- 
ment which is spreading out through the churches we look for a 
new day to dawn in our home mission work. A detailed report of 
this work has been made by the Superintendent in his report on 
Evangelism. 

New Church Organized 

Just recently a new church was organized at Euto in the north- 
ern part of Union County. This church grew out of the efficient 
labors of Rev. C. E. White, of Marshville, who has been preaching 
at this mission point for some time. This is one of those places 
also where they have had a great revival this summer. There are 
many other just such places in the bounds of our Presbytery that 
are calling to us* to come in and possess the land. It is our day in 
home mission work, if we have the vision to see it and the courage 
to enter in. 

New Men 

We have had a number of new men to come into our work this 
summer, and they are giving a good account of their stewardship. 

Rev. A. L. McDuffie has entered upon his work as pastor of 



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Candor-, Macedonia, and Biscoe churches. He has also taken over 
Rubyat, a mission point formerly of the Ellerbe group. The church 
at Candor is now worshipping in their handsome new church build- 
ing. They have also bought a lot for a manse, and expect to have 
the house completed by the first of January. Lot and manse to cost 
them about $5,000. The church at Biscoe, which has been without 
a church building of their own, has recently bought a most beautiful 
half-acre lot in the finest part of the town on which they propose to 
build right away the first unit of their plant at a cost of $5,000. 

Rev. T. H. Mitchell, from Concord Presbytery, has accepted a 
call from the Indian Trail and Siler churches, and began work there 
the first Sunday in the month. 

During the summer five seminary students were given work un- 
der your committee, four from Columbia and one from Union. Those 
from Columbia were : J. S. McFall, supplying Morven, Lilesville and 
Camden; M. B. Prince, supplying Peachland and Polkton ; T. F. 
Wallace, supplying Bethlehem, Unionville, and Midland; S. T. Har- 
vie, supplying Troy, Wadeville and Star; W. G. Thomas, of Union 
Seminary, supplying Ellerbe, Mt. Carmel, and Norman. 

Arrangements have been made with all these young men, with 
the exception of Mr. Wallace and Harvie, to supply these respective 
fields during the winter, returning one or two Sundays a month, and 
then at the close of their seminary year to return to these fields for 
the summer. 

Your committee, by the consent of Presbytery, has formed a 
new group in Richmond County, consisting of Marston, Marks 
Creek, Rourk's Chapel, and McLean Memorial, the pastor to live at 
Marston. This is one of the most promising fields in the great 
peach section. The Marston church has finished paying all they 
owe on their new church building. Besides they have provided a 
manse for the preacher. McLean Memorial and Rourk's Chapel are 
planning for new church buildings. These together with the fine old 
church of Mark's Creek should do a most excellent piece of work 
for the Lord in that section. J. A. Mclntyre is serving them most ac- 
ceptably. He will move his family from Ellerbe to Marston. 

Manse Needed 

The Wilmoore Church is now occupying their new church build- 
ing, which they have built at a cost of about $17,000, and the work 
here is growing by leaps and bounds. They are now putting forth 
a special effort to buy a lot and build a manse for their pastor. The 
lot and building they estimate will cost them $6,000. It is a much 
needed building. 

Churches Under Care of Home Mission Committee 

We now have 48 churches under the care of the Home Mission 
Committee, counting the new church at Euto, hereinafter to be 
known as Tabernacle (we have a recommendation touching the 
grouping of that church in this report). These 48 churches are 
grouped into 20 separate pastoral charges. In addition there are 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 57 



some half dozen mission points in these groups. Just now five 
groups are vacant: North Charlotte; Ellerbe, Mt. Carmel, and Nor- 
man, Roberdel, Brainard and Cameronian; Bethlehem, Unionville, 
and Midland; Troy, Wade, and Star. 

Recommendations 

We offer the following recommendations : 

1. That the new church at Euto be grouped with Marshville. 

2. Supplies be granted as follows : Euto, C. E. White ; Badin 
and Palestine, A. S. Anderson; Stanfield, T. F. Huneycutt ; Page- 
land, Beulah, Salem, W. P. Chedester; Marston, Mark's Creek, Mc- 
Lean Memorial, Rourk's Chapel, J. A. Mclntyre. 

3. In view of the importance of Home Missions, and the numer- 
ous calls coming to your committee for help both in the support of 
pastors, and in the aiding of churches to build. Presbytery urges 
each church in the Presbytery to pay in full its apportionment to 
Home Missions, namely, 15 per cent. To date we have received on 
a budget of $26,226, only $8,612; leaving the sum of $17,614 to be paid 
by the end of the year. We need every penny of it if we are to do 
our best work. 

Signed : J. M. WALKER, Chairman. 



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MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Comparative Summary for Five Years 

1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 

Ministers - 60 59 61 58 58 

Candidates 24 15 23 25 28 

Churches 86 88 90 92 93 

Conversions 521 663 850 694 576 

Communicants 14,033 14,474 15,230 15,584 15,047 

Sunday School Enrollment 11,257 13,385 13,281 13,505 12,953 

y-'-^ y Airar-s 697 787 894 744 822 

Tithers 1,454 1,761 1,924 1,741 1,625 

Value of Churches $1,696,401 

Value of Manses 205,300 

Debt on Church Property 213,982 

CONTRIBUTIONS 

Foreign Missions $ 45,829 $ 59,921 $ 64,048 $ 61,296 $ 77,160 

Assembly's Home Missions 16,185 19,822 20,947 20,976 27,410 

Christian Education and Min. Relief _ 9,989 10,771 9,684 11,276 11,535 

Publication and S. S. Work 3,123 3,044 3,244 3,657 3,573 

Assembly's Training School 892 

Bible Cause 697 784 821 984 1,082 

Assembly's Causes $ 75,823 $ 94,342 $ 98,744 $ 98,189 $121,752 

Synod's Home Missions $ 9,519 $ 11,266 $ 10,844 $ 13,269 $ 14,800 

Orphans' Home 28,029 34,666 23,992 25,561 39,377 

Educational Institutions _— 28,556 19,400 21,507 , 25,082 38,920 

Presbyterial Home Missions 16,042 18,886 18,153 ^23,954 22,400 

Synod's and Presbytery's Causes $ 82,146 $ 84,218 $ 74,496 $ 87,866 $115,506 

Denominational Benevolences $157,969 $178,560 $173,240 $186,055 $237,258 

Pastors' Salaries — -h $ 71,206 $ 77,427 $ 82,022 $ 84,104 $ 81,900 

Current Expenses 195,594 184,244 196,734 149,105 117,011 

Congregational Home Missions 7,707 11,216 7,771 6,590 2,758 

Buildings, Etc. 82,233 

Local Church $274,507 $272,887 $286,527 $249,799 $283,902 

Miscellaneous -— ' $ 21,433 $ 30,143 $ 28,081 $ 17,152 $ 23,667 

GRAND TOTAL $453,909 $481,590 $487,848 $453,006 $544,827 

EVERY MEMBER CANVASS 

1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 

Benevolent Askings _- $167,944 $177,435 $153,410 $174,581 $176,754 $175,855 

Amt. Sub. to Benevolence _._ $132,887 $132,887 $141,921 $152,638 $153,390 $172,715 

Amt. Sub. to Cur. Exp. 144,291 144,291 165,700 189,081 193,068 196,305 

Total $277,178 $277,178 $307,621 $341,719 $246,458 $369,020 

No. Sub. to Benevolences 6,127 6,127 6,859 7,591 7,400 7,050 

No. Sub. to Cur. Exp. 6,502 6,502 8,021 8,493 8,461 7,979 

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14. Men's Work— P. S. Gilchrist, C. P. Brown, H. J. Spencer, J. M. 
Oldham, J. P. Marsh, M. E. Trotter, J. M. Harris. 

15. Sessional Records— W. T. Smith, R. S. Burwell, Q. N. Huney- 
cutt, and five Elders. 

16. Examinations: 

(i) Experimental Piety — The Moderator. 

(2) Academic Studies — R. W. Culbertson. 

(3) Languages— Latin Thesis and Greek Exegesis— C. W. Somer- 
ville, J, W. Grier. 

(4) Natural and Exact Sciences — H. E. Gurney, C. H. Little. 

(5) Mental and Moral Philosophy, Logic and Rhetoric — W. H. 
Frazer, W. B. S. Chandler. 

(6) Theology— A. S. Johnson, A. A. McGeachy, C. H. Rowan. 

(7) Church History— J. M. Walker, W. H. Matheson. 

(8) Church Government and Sacraments — M. E. Peabody, R. S. 
Burwell. 

TRUSTEES OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

1. Davidson — R. A. Dunn, H. N. Pharr — terms expire 1928; A. A. 
McGeachy, J. P. Matheson, W. H. Belk — terms expire 1930. 

2. Queens— A. A. McGeachy, T. M. Glasgow, J. L. Choate, P. S. 
Gilchrist — terms expire 1928; J. Arthur Henderson, E. E. Jones, 
A. J. Crowell — terms expire 1929; E. A. McCausland, J. W. Mc- 
Clung, Hunter Marshall — terms expire 1930. 

3. Albemarle — M. J. Harris, A. C. Huneycutt, A. E. McCausland — 
terms expire 1928; R. J. Mcllwain, F. S. Neal, W. H. Belk — terms 
expire 1929; J. M. Harry, J. W. Stork, J. H. McCrae, J. M. Mor- 
row, Mrs. W. E. Milton, Lynn R. Walker — terms expire 1930. 



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MINUTES 

of 

MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 




APRIL 1042, 1928 

117th STATED SESSION 
Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

ADJOURNED MEETING 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

December 5, 1927 

CALLED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 23, 1928 

Maxton, N. C. 
November 29, 1927 



DIRECTORY 

Rev. J. G. Garth, Moderator Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. G. Garth, Stated Clerk Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. W. Stork, Permanent Clerk Mt. Gilead. N. C 

Trustees of Presbytery — H. C. Alexander, Hunter Marshall, Jr., J. L. 
Choate. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Presbytery's Home Missions — J. M. Walker, C. G. Long, W. B. S. 
Chandler, C. H. Rowan, Lynn R. Walker, C. H. Little, F. S. 
Neal, W. H. Belk, T. J. Smith, C. P. Brown, W. E. Price, J. F. 
Ligon, Dr. R. H. Lafferty. 

PERMANENT COMMITTEES 

1. Foreign Missions — E. G. Gammon, C. G. Long, W. L. Wallis, 
J. Arthur Henderson, M. B. Spier. 

2. Assembly's Home Missions — J. F. Ligon, C. H. Little, A. S. 
Anderson, Jno. B. Ross. 

3. Christian Education and Ministerial Relief — J. W. Grier, L. W. 
Brown, J. W. McClung. 

4. Religious Education — General Chairman : S. B. Lyerly. 

(i) Children's Division : W. M. Wilcox, W. E. Price. 

(2) Young People's Division : P. W. Wilson, M. E. Peabody, F. 
H. Bierman. 

(3) Sunday School Extension : J. G. Garth, H. J. Spencer. 

(4) Leadership Training: B. F. Yandell, G. M. Beaty, Dr. R. H. 
Lafferty. 

5. Bible Cause— S. B. Lyerly, J. W. Stork, Dr. H. Q. Alexander. 

6. Synod's Home Missions— L E. Wallace, B. B. Shankel, C. H. 
Caldwell, D. S. Monteith. 

7. Orphans* Home — W. H. Johnston, R. W. Culbertson, Wm. 
Anderson, W. A. Jamison. 

8. Schools and Colleges— C. R. Nisbet, L E. Wallace, B. F. Yandell, 
J. R. Bridges, Beatty Faires, G. M. Rose, Jr. 

9. Sabbath and Family Religion — R. J. Mcllwain, W. S. Hamiter, 
Thos. Spratt, Wm. Ross. 

10. Evangeliism— A. A. Walker, C. E. White, T. G. Hardie. 

11. Men's and Women's Societies — L. R. Walker, W. C. Underwood, 
J. R. Irwin. 

12. Auditing — J. F. Jamison, J. O. Thomas. 

13. Stewardship — S. B. McLean, H .E. Gurney, W. H. Frazer, L. R. 
Walker, W. E. Price, M. B. Spier, F. S. Neal, J. H. Wearn. 

(Continued on back inside cover) 



MINUTES 

of 

MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 




117th STATED SESSION 

Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

ADJOURNED MEETING 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

December 5, 1927 

CALLED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

January 23, 1928 

Maxton, N. C, 
November 29, 1927 



CALLED MEETING 

Maxton, N. C, November 29, 1927. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in called session at the 
First Presbyterian Church, Maxton, N. C, at 2 o'clock, No- 
vember 29, 1927. Rev. Lynn R. Walker, D.D., as last moder- 
ator present presided. The meeting opened with prayer. 
The foUowang w^ere present at the meeting: 

Ministers : L. R. Walker, J. G. Garth, W. B. Mcllwaine, 
J. A. Caligan, W. H. Johnston, T. M. Stribling, A. L. Mc- 
Duffie, C. H. Rowan, W. B. S. Chandler, A. A. Walker, C. R. 
Nisbet, S. B. McLean. 

Elders : J. Arthur Henderson, Second Church ; C. A. 
Bland, Wadesboro ; Mason W. Woodsides, Caldwell Memo- 
rial ; J. A. Mclntyre, Ellerbe ; W. A. Wilkes, Marks Creek; 
J. L. Cashion, Marston. 

The call was read and was found in order. 
THE CALL 

The constitution requirements having been met I hereby call 
Mecklenburg Presbytery to meet at 2 p. m. Tuesda}^, November 29th, 
said meeting to be held in the Presbyterian church at Maxton, N. C., 
for the purpose of hearing the report of the special committee ap- 
pointed at the recent meeting of Mecklenburg Presbytery to act 
with a like committee from Fayetteville Presbytery to consider the 
advisability of establishing a Junior College under the ownership 
and control of these Presbyteries ; and to take whatever action as 
shall be deemed wise or necessary in consideration of the whole 
matter. 

J. M. WALKER, Moderator. 

Presbytery then voted to unite in joint session with Fay- 
etteville Presbytery at Carolina College, and repaired at 
once to the auditorium of this school. 

At the close of the joint session, the Presbytery then re- 
sumed its session, and adopted the following resolution, 
which had been recommended by the joint session to both 
Presbyteries : 

RESOLUTION TOUCHING CAROLINA COLLEGE 

Resolved that this joint session of Fayetteville and 
Mecklenburg Presbyteries recommend to the S3'nod of 



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North Carolina the establishment of a Junior College for 
boys, and that the Synod accept the generous offer of the 
Carolina College property at Maxton, N. C, from the Meth- 
odist Conference of North Carolina for that purpose. 

2. That the respective Presbyteries meet immediately 
on adjournment of the joint session, and take such action as 
may be necessary for the calling of a special meeting of 
Synod at Maxton, February 14, 1928, when this recommen- 
dation shall be presented, this meeting to be held in the 
auditorium of Carolina College. 

It was moved and carried that the Stated Clerk of this 
Presbytery co-operate with the Clerk of Fayetteville Pres- 
bytery in calling this meeting of Synod. 

After the reading of the minutes, Presbytery adjourned 
with prayer. 

J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 
LYNN R. WALKER, Moderator, protem. 



ADJOURNED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session at the 
First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N. C, on Monday, 
December 5, 1927, at 2 p. m. Rev. J. M. Walker, the Mod- 
erator, called the meeting to order, and the Presbytery was 
opened with prayer by Rev. A. S. Johnson, D.D. Rev. S. B. 
McLean was chosen Temporary Clerk. 

ROLL 

Ministers : J. M. Walker, J. G. Garth, A. A. Walker, J 
W. Grier, A. R. Shaw, J. R. Bridges, G. C. Huntington, R. W 
Culbertson, L. W. Brown, C. H. Little, L E. Wallace, C R 
Nisbet, A. S. Johnson, R. W. Burwell, W. H. Johnston, R. J 
Mcllwain, C. C. Beam, W. T. Smith, B. F. Yandell, C. H 
Rowan, S. B. Lyerly, S. B. McLean, M. E. Peabody, W. S 
Hamiter, W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., W. H. Matheson, J. F 
Ligon, and T. H. Mitchell. 

Elders : O. W. Potts, Banks ; M. W. Woodside, Caldwell 
Memorial; C. M. Hutchinson, Amitv; J. L. Lawing, Hope- 
well; H. W. Bigham, Mulberry; W.^B. Choate, Steel Creek. 

Rev. J. W. Grier, chairman of the Committee of Chris- 
tian Education and Ministerial Relief made the following 
report which was adopted ; with the amendment that the 
chairman communicate with our candidates who are not 
pursuing their studies, and ascertain their activities and 
their intentions. The report follows : 

Your committee on Christiari_Education respectfully submits the 
following report : 

We have 27 candidates for the ministry. 

B. F. Brown, C. K. Poole, P. P. Thrower, H. T. Rummage, F. J. 
Knox, and W. B. McSwain are at Davidson College. 

J. M. Davis is in the Presbyterian College of South Carolina. 

Jonathan Smith is at King College. 

H. W. Alexander is in Kentucky Seminary. 

G. C. Crowell, S. E. Howie, W. G. Thomas, and M. B Moss are 
at Union Seminary. 

M. C. Yeargan is at Austin Seminary. 

E. F. Lothery, Claude Mcintosh, and T. F. Wallace are in Co- 
lumbia Seminary. 



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E. P. Houghton, J. A. Mclntyre, C. L. Norwood, J. D. Withrow, 
and Waldo Love are working. 

Your chairman has not been able to hear from J. M. Ellis, Jack 
Hand, J. F. Hutchinson, John Munsey Smith, or Guy E. Weeks. 

We recommend that the following loans be made by Central 
Committee : 

G. C. Crowell $150.00 

J. M. Davis ^- 150.00 

S. E. Howie 100.00 

E. F. Lothery 150.00 

Claude Mcintosh 150.00 

W. B. McSwain 150.00 

M. R. Moss 150.00 

C. K. Poole 150.00 

H. T. Rummage 150.00 

W. G. Thomas 150.00 

P. P. Thrower 150.00 

T. F. Wallace 150.00 

B. F. Brown 125.00 

We recommend that loans be made by our Central Committee 
to the following young ladies. 

Miss Annie Hamiter, Assembly Training School $150.00 

Miss EHzabeth Little, Flora Macdonald College 150.00 

Miss Lucile Caine, Assembly Training School 150.00 

J. W. GRIER, Chairman. 

Mr. Morris E. Trotter, who had examined the accounts 
was temporarily added to the audit committee, and his ap- 
proval of the accounts of the committee was accepted as an 
audit. 

Rev. S. B. Lyerly reported that he had a balance of $57 
in his hands as chairman of Religious Education Committee, 
and asked for instructions. He was directed to return the 
amounts to the two treasurers, Rev. J. G. Garth and W. E. 
Price, for their respective funds, Presbytery's treasury and 
that of Home Missions, the amount to be divided equally 
between these treasuries. 

Installation of Rev. C. R. Nisbet at CaldWell Memorial 

The commission to install Rev. C. R. Nisbet, D.D., at 
Caldwell Memorial made its report, and the report was 
adopted as follows : 

The commission to install Dr. C. R. Nisbet, pastor Caldwell 
Memorial Presbyterian Church, met Sunday at 11 a. m., October 30, 
1927, in the church. Commission constituted with prayer by Dr. A. S. 
Johnson. 



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Present: Dr. W. H. Frazer, Dr. A. S. Johnson, Rev. G. C. Hunt- 
ing-ton, Dr. J. H. Henderlite and Elder W. E. Price. 

On motion Dr. Henderlite was invited to sit w^ith the commis- 
sion as a visiting brother. 

Dr. W. H. Frazer was elected Moderator and W. E. Price, Sec- 
retary. 

Elder John B. Ross reported as ill and could not be present. 

Dr. W. H. Frazer presided, propounded questions to pastor and 
people and also delivered the charge to the congregation. 

Dr. J. H. Henderlite preached the sermon from Hebrews, 12th 
chapter, 27th verse. 

Dr. A, S. Johnson charged the pastor. After prayer and bene- 
diction by newly installed pastor commission adjourned. 

W. E. PRICE, Secretary. 

Rev. A. R. Shaw, D.D., chairman of the Sugaw Creek 
commission, reported that the commission had assumed 
charge of the church and its controversies and would merely 
indicate progress. The report was adopted and the commis- 
sion continued. 

Rev. W. P. Chedester, who had been supplying Pageland 
group under the care of the Home Mission Committee asked 
to be relieved of his work and permitted to labor out of the 
bounds of Presbytery till spring meeting, which request was 
granted. 

It was ordered that Mulberry be relieved of its pledge 
for benevolences for the fourth quarter of the present fiscal 
year, that this church be permitted to separate itself from 
the group with McGee Church in order that it might call a 
pastor for his whole time. 

Mulberry was authorized to prosecute a call for the serv- 
ices of Rev. J. C. Grier, of Winston-Salem Presbytery at a 
salary of $1,800 per year. 

North Charlotte was given permission to prosecute a call 
for Rev. A. F. Doty, of Asheville Presbytery. 

It was ordered that the minutes of the called meeting of 
Presbytery at Maxton, November 29th, in joint session with 
Fayetteville Presbytery, be corrected to include the report 
of the special committee on a Junior College which acted 
with a similar committee of Fayetteville Presbytery . 

The expense of the special committee just mentioned 
was ordered paid, amounting to $13.50. 



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Rev. A. A. Walker was relieved as a member of the spe- 
cial committee on the Junior College, and Rev. Lynn R. 
Walker, D.D,, was named as chairman. Rev. W. B. Mcll- 
waine was added to the committee. 

An advisory committee for the Presbyterian Standard 
was appointed as follows : Revs. W. H. Frazer, A. S. John- 
son, C. W. Somerville, and elders R. A. Dunn and W. H. 
Belk. 

A communication asking the reopening of the Sharon 
controversy settled by Presbytery in July, 1927, was re- 
ceived, but Presbytery declined to reopen the matter, and 
ordered the paper to be recorded in the minutes with the 
disposition hereby tendered it. The petition follows : 

PETITION ABOUT SHARON CONTROVERSY 
Addressed to the Committee of Bills and Overtures 

We, the undersigned would respectfully request your committee to 
present to Presbytery at its next meeting the following overture. We do 
not believe the request made by Presbytery at its meeting in Sharon 
January 20th, last, that the congregation of that church re-elect the 
eight old deacons, who have resigned, and no others, has been ad- 
hered to as ordered by Presbytery and agreed to by the congrega- 
tion. Inasmuch as the pastor, session and congregation all solemnly 
promised to accept this aforesaid election as a solution to the trouble 
which existed in said church at that time and as they failed inten- 
tionally and premeditatedly to keep this sacred compact, we feel 
that Presbytery has just cause to declare that the election of other 
deacons than those agreed to is null and void. We refer you to the 
records of Presbytery touching this matter. We feel that such a 
breach of faith and contract on the part of pastor, session, and con- 
gregation should not go unpunished. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. M. HUTCHISON. 

J. P. SAMPLE. 

C. B. CHOATE. 

W. B. CHOATE 

W. B. HUTCHISON 

W. J. WILLIAMS. 

N. C. WHITE. 

After reading minutes, Presbytery adjourned with 
prayer. 

J. M. WALKER, Moderator. 
S. B. McLEAN, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



CALL MEETING 

Charlotte, N. C, January 23, 1928. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in called session at First 
Church, Charlotte, N. C, January 23, 1928, at 10 a. m. The 
last moderator present. Rev. C. E. White, called the meeting 
to order and asked Dr. C .W. Somerville to lead in prayer. 
Rev. S. B. Lyerly was elected temporary clerk. The fol- 
lowing were present : 

Ministers : W. H. Matheson, E. G. Gammon, R. S. Bur- 
well, C. R. Nisbet, L. H. Query, C. H. Rowan, A. S. Johnson, 
L. R. Walker, B. F. Yandell, C G. Long, W. T. Smith, P. W. 
Wilson, W. C. Underwood, M. E. Peabody, W. H. Frazer, 
C. E. White, S. B. McLean, J. G. Garth, S. B. Lyerly, L. W. 
Brown, H. E. Gurney, J. W. Grier, C. W. Sommerville, W. 
B. Mcllwaine, B. B. Shankel, W. S. Hamiter, W. H. John- 
ston, J. R. Bridges, W. B. S. Chandler, A. R. Shaw, T. H. 
Mitchell, J. F. Ligon, R. W. Culbertson, A. A. Walker, L E. 
Wallace. 

Elders : W. B. Reid, Westminster; C. M. Hutchison, Am- 
ity; W. A. Rogers, Pineville ; W. M. Wilcox, First, Char- 
lotte. 

The call was read as follows and found in order : 

The constitutional requirements having been met. I hereby call 
Mecklenburg Presbytery to meet in called session on Monday, Jan- 
uary 23rd, at 10 a. m., in the First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, 
N. C, to attend to the following business : 

1. To observe a season of prayer for a_ deeper consecration of 
the Church, and for God's guidance and blessing on our Every Mem- 
ber Canvass, March nth. 

2. To receive ministers into the Presbytery and to arrange for 
their installation as follows : A. F. Doty, at North Charlotte ; J. C. 
Grier, at Mulberry, and W. C. Copeland, at Troy, Wadeville, and 
Star. 

3. To fix the date for the second adjourned meeting of Presby- 
tery. 

4. To attend to any matters growing out of the above items. 

J. M. WALKER, Moderator. 
Charlotte, N. C, January 12, 1928. 

On motion the exercises were placed in the hands of 
Rev. S. B. McLean, Presbytery's Secretary of Stewardship, 



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who led a prepared program of intercession. The following 
brethren made addresses on the subjects as assigned. Dr. 
Lynn R. Walker, "The Place of Prayer in the Every Mem- 
ber Canvass ;" Dr. E. G. Gammon, "Liberality a Test of 
Spirituality;" Dr. E. E. Gillespie, "The Pastor's Opportunity 
for Leadership in Raising the Benevolent Budget;" Mr. J. 

B. Spillman, "The Need of the Church Today for a Baptism 
of the Holy Spirit." 

Each of these addresses was followed with a season of 
prayer for the Church, in view of the approaching canvass 
March 11th. 

Presbytery took recess until 2:30. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery resumed business, again with a season of 
prayer. Rev. Lynn R. Walker presided. 

Rev. A. F. Doty, from Asheville Pi'esbytery, and W. C. 
Copeland, from Winston-Salem Presbytery, were intro- 
duced to Presbytery, and both presented certificates of dis- 
missal to this Presbytery, which were read. 

On motion, their examination was entered with a view to 
receiving them as members of Presbytery. Dr. J. R. 
Bridges examined both on experimental religion. Rev. C. H. 
Rowan examined them on theology, and Dr. R. S. Burwell 
examined them on church government. These examina- 
tions were all sustained as satisfactory, and they were re- 
ceived and their names ordered enrolled upon their signing 
the covenant. 

The call of the North Charlotte Church for the services 
of Rev. A. F. Doty was read, found in order, and placed in 
his hands. On his acceptance of the call the following were 
appointed a commission to install Mr. Doty as pastor on 
February 5th, at the evening service : Revs. A. S. Johnson, 

C. H. Rowan, J. G. Garth, and ruling elders R. A. Dunn and 
W. E. Price. 

The calls for the pastoral services of Rev. W. C. Cope- 
land from Troy, Wadeville, and Star were read, found in 
order, and placed in Mr. Copeland's hands. He accepted 
them, and the following commission was appointed to install 
him on February 12th at all three of the churches : Revs. 



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A. A. Walker, B. F. Yandell, T. H. Mitchell, P. W. Wilson, 
with ruling elders W. E. Price and T. J. Smith. 

A call for Rev. J. C. Grier to Mulberry Church was read 
and found in order but Mr. Grier being absent on account 
of sickness in his family, the call was left in the clerk's 
hands. 

As to the fourth item of the call for this meeting. Pres- 
bytery declined to fix a time for an adjourned meeting. 

Rev. M. F. Johnston, D.D., of New York Presbytery, 
U. S. A., was introduced to Presbytery and invited to sit 
as a visiting brother. 

The minutes were read and approved. Presbytery ad- 
journed with prayer. 

LYNN R. WALKER, Moderator. 



S. B. LYERLY, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



STATED SPRING SESSION 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in 117th stated session at 
Mt. Gilead, N. C, Tuesday evening, April 10th at 8 p. m., 
and was opened with a sermon by the retiring Moderator, 
Rev. J. M. Walker from Co. 1 :23. 

The communion was administered by Rev. Lynn R. 
Walker, D.D., and Rev. W. B. S. Chandler. Following this 
service a memorial service was held honoring the late Rev. 
William Black, D.D. The memorial was prepared by Rev. 
A. S. Johnson, D.D., and was read by Rev. S. B. McLean. 
The memorial was adopted and is as follows : 

MEMORIAL OF REV. WILLIAM BLACK, D.D. 

William Black came from the splendid strain of Highland Scotch 
that flocked into North Carolina through the port of Wilmington 
after the battle of Culloden. He was born in Maxton, N. C, of 
godly parentage, educated at Tuscaloosa Academy, and felt called to 
give his life to the study of law. He afterwards graduated from 
law school and practiced in profession from i88i to 1893. Dr. Black 
did not belong to that class who because of failure later changed his 
profession. He honored the law by carrying into it the principles of 
Christ and his honesty and fidelity in these principles gave him a 
lucrative practice. 

However, he was not satisfied with his success but felt that the 
Master wanted him to preach the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ 
and on January 17, 1893 was licensed by Fayetteville Presbytery, and 
ordained as an evangelist May 9, 1893, in this Presbytery, and for the 
years 1893 and 1894 was evangelist for Union and Anson counties. 

He was elected Superintendent of Synodical Missions in North 
Carolina and held this position for three years, being elected gen- 
eral evangelist of the Synod of North Carolina in 1897. He held 
this position until the Savior called him into His presence to give an 
account of his faithful ministry on November 22^, 1927. 

These are simply the dates in the life of a great ministry, a min- 
istry that was charged by passion and prayer and power, a ministry 
that was charged by an unswerving loyalty to the Gospel of the 
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, a ministry that was used of God in 
building churches, in restoring waste places and adding many hun- 
dreds, possibly thousands to the Church of Christ. 

Dr. Black was a natural leader of men, of very fine physical 
appearance. He had been captain of a militia company in his early 
life and to many of his old friends he was still known as Captain 
Black. He carried into his ministry some of the gifts that made him 
a success as a lawyer. His preaching was direct and practical. He 
was always trying to provoke a crisis in a man's life and argued with 
a directness that wanted a verdict then and there for an acceptance 



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of his Lord whom he loved so devotedly and whose love and peace 
he wanted to share with those who crossed his path. 

Dr. Black was constructive in his ministry, always looking for 
new ideas for the advancement of the kingdom. He was the father 
of the movement towards an Elder and Deacon Conference in the 
state which had a tremendous influence as a forerunner of other 
movements of this kind. He was the promoter of the Bible confer- 
ences at Davidson in 1902 and to this conference some attribute the 
growth of larger conferences that have since become so popular in 
this Synod. 

He was very active in the formation of the North Carolina Bible 
League and in the semi-annual session of the league in the First 
Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, N. C, a splendid recognition of 
his activity and service made by a memorial service. His fine train- 
ing in constitutional thinking made him resist to the fullest the anti- 
Bible teaching in tax-supported schools and when he spoke on this 
theme it was with a passion born of earnest conviction that to teach 
evolution as a supported scientific theory with all of its adherent 
evils was a violation of the rights of the great mass of people in the 
state. 

On Saturday, November 19, 1927, Dr. Black began evangelistic 
services in the Bluff Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville Presbytery. 
He was suffering from physical infirmities when he began the meet- 
ing but was not willing to turn aside from the work of the Lord. He 
preached three heart-searching and inspiring sermons on that day 
and on Sunday morning he and his singer, Mr. Andrew Burr, 
sang together, "Eternity Is Near." The gates were unfolding for him 
as he sang it, and on November 23rd he was quickly and gloriously 
called into the presence of his Lord. For him the strife is o'er, the 
shadows have passed, and the consummation of all things has become 
a reality. 

"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and 
this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to 
pass the saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory. O 
death, where is thy sting; O grave, where is thy victory? The sting 
of death is sin ; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to 
God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always 
abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your 
labor is not in vain in the Lord." 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. S. JOHNSON. 

The roll was called and the following were found to be 
present or came in later. 

ROLL 

Ministers : J. R. Bridges, A. R. Shaw, J. W. Grier, R. J . 
Mcllwain, L. W. Brown, C. H. Little, B. B. Shankel, A. S. 
Johnson, R. W. Culbertson, J. G. Garth, J. W. Stork. I. AL 



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Walker, W. C. Underwood, W. H. Frazer, Q. N. Huneycutt, 
W. S. Hamiter, S. B. Lyerly, T. F. Huneycutt, J. F. Ligon, 
A. S. Anderson, W. B. S. Chandler, W. T. Smith, A. A. 
Walker, I. E. Wallace, C. G. Long, C. W. Comerville, S. B. 
McLean, L. R. Walker, W. H. Johnston, C. H. Rowan, T. M, 
Stribbling, B. F. Yandell, P. W. Wilson, A. L. McDuffie, W. 
H. Matheson, E. G. Gammon, C. R. Nisbet, T. H. Mitchell, 
W. C. Copeland, A. F. Doty, J. C. Grier. 

Churches represented : L. Wilson Jarman, Myers Park, 
Charlotte ; W. R. Wearn, Second, Charlotte ; H. W. Harkey, 
Westminster ; W. A. Rogers, Pineville ; W. R. Long, Sugaw 
Creek ; S. E. True, Williams Memorial ; C G. Pepper, Ham- 
let ; J. A. Mclntyre, Ellerbe ; D. T. Campbell, Paw Creek; 
F. L. Pickett, Rockingham; E. M. McGee, McGee ; R. G. 
White, Banks ; B. R. McCord, West Avenue ; C. W. Walton, 
Munroe; W. A. Wilkes, Marks Creek; W. L. Allen, Tenth 
Avenue; F. A. Cochran, Mallard Creek; J. W. McClung, 
First, Charlotte; N. J. Phillips, Wilmore ; J. G. Caldwell, 
Ramah; S. B. McPheeters, Caldwell Memorial; J. O. Stancil, 
Amity ; W. L. Puckett, Cornelius ; A. F. Tiddy, Lee Park ; 
N. A. Martin, Macedonia; E. L. Grier, Central Steel Creek; 
J. W. Ewing, Biscoe ; N. C. White, St. Paul, Charlotte ; L. R. 
Lisk, Candor ; H. T. Baldwin, Cameronian ; J. C Campbell, 
Allen; J. H. Balch, Sharon. 

A quorum being found present Presbytery was organized 
with the election of Rev. J. G. Garth as Moderator, and 
Rev. C. G. Long, Temporary Clerk. 

The Committee on Orders reported and the report was 
adopted and is as follows : 

Hours for sessions of Presbytery: 9:00 a. m. to 12:30 
p. m. ; 2 :00 p. m. to 6 :00 p. m. ; 8 :00 p. m. to adjourn at will. 

Rev. B. F. Yandell was appointed to conduct the morn- 
ing devotions on Wednesday morning. 

The first order after election of commissioners to Gen- 
eral Assembly on Wednesday afternoon was set to hear Dr. 
Wm. J. Martin of Davidson College. 

Rev. J. W. Stork, pastor of the Mt. Gilead Church ex- 
tended a gracious welcome to Presbytery which was fit- 
tingly responded to by the Moderator. 

Candidate M. C. Yeargan was dismissed to Fort Worth 
Presbytery in the Synod of Texas. 



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Rev. J. C. Grier, of Winston-Salem Presbytery was in- 
troduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother. 

Presbytery adjourned to reconvene at 9:00 a. m., Wed- 
nesday. 

WEDNESDAY MORNING 

Presbytery reconvened at 9:00 a. m., and was opened 
w^ith a devotional period led by Rev. B. F. Yandell. 

The minutes for Tuesday's session >vere read and ap- 
proved. 

Rev. J. C. Grier presented a certificate of dismission 
from Winston-Salem Presbytery and after due examination 
on experimental religion, theology and church government 
he was received into the Presbytery after signing the cov- 
enant. 

Calls for pastoral services and various comr^.unications 
were read and received as information or referred to the 
proper committees. 

The following commitees were appointed by the Mod- 
erator : 

Standing Committees 

Devotionals: J. W. Stork and W. A. McAuley. 

Bills and Overtures: J. M. Walker, A. R. Shaw, J. R. 
Bridges, R. L. White, J. W. McClung. 

Judicial: C. H. Rowan, W. R. Wearn, J. W. Grier, C. G. 
Pepper. 

Presbytery's Home Missions : W. H. Johnston, A. S. An- 
derson, E. W. McGee, C. W. Walton. 

Calls and Supplies: W. H. Matheson, A. F. Doty, L. W. 
Jarman, H. M. Nicholson. 

Records of Presbytery: W. C. Underwood, D. T. Camp- 
bell, W. S. Hamiter, J. V. Ussery. 

Leave of Absence: J. W. Stork and W. R. Long. 

Minutes of Synod: T. M. Stribbling, J. C. Grier, F. L. 
Pickett, W. W. Davenport, W. L. Allen. 



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Presbytery's Assessment: S. B. McLean, J. R. McCord, 
A. S. Johnson, H. W. Harkey, S. E. True. 

Nominations: J. G. Garth, A. A. Walker, S. B. Mc- 
Pheeters. 

Thanks: T. H. Mitchell, R. W. Culbertson. 

Sessional Records: W. T. Smith, C. H. Little, Q. N. 
Huneycutt, A. L. McDuffie, T. H. Mitchell, J. A. Mclntyre, 
W. A. Wilkes, F. A. Cochran, N, A. Martin, N. J. Phillips. 

Dr. W. H. Frazer was given the third order of the aft- 
ernoon to immediately follow Dr. W. J. Martin, in the in- 
terests of Queens College. 

The commission appointed to install Rev. W. C. Cope- 
land at Troy, Wadeville, and Star reported. Their report 
was adopted as follows : 

INSTALLATION OF W. C. COPELAND 

Commission appointed to install Rev. W. C. Copeland at Troy, 
Wadeville and Star, met at Wadeville Sunday morning at ii o'clock, 
February 12, 1928, and was constituted with prayer. The following 
members being present : Revs. A. A. Walker, B. F. Yandell, P. W. 
Wilson, T. H. Mitchell and Elder W. E. Price. Elder Price was 
appointed secretary to commission. 

Rev. A. A. Walker presided and propounded the questions; Rev. 
P. W. Wilson preached the sermon from Mark i :3. Rev. B. F. 
Yandell charged the pastor and Elder W. E. Price charged the con- 
gregation. The commission was adjourned to reconvene at Star at 
3 p. m. 

Commission reconvened at Star in the Baptist Church at 3 p. m. 
Rev. A. A. Walker presided and propounded the questions to pastor 
and people. Rev. B. F. Yandle preached from text, Acts 4:13. 

Rev. T. H. Mitchell charged the pastor and Elder W. E. Price 
charged the congregation. The commission adjourned to meet at 
Troy at 7 130 p. m. 

The commission reconvened at Troy at 7:30 p. m., in county court 
house. Rev. A. A. Walker presided and propounded questions to 
the pastor and people. Rev. T. H. Mitchell preached from text, 
Psa. 122. Rev. P. W. Wilson charged pastor and Elder W. E. Price 
charged congregation. After prayer and benediction communion 
adjourned. 

W. E. PRICE, Secretary. 

The commission to install Rev. A. F. Doty in the North 
Charlotte Church reported and the report was adopted as 
follows : 



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COMMISSION TO INSTALL A. F. DOTY 

The commission to install A. F. Doty pastor at North Charlotte 
met at the church the evening of February 5th. The commission was 
constituted by Rev. A. A. Walker, who presided, and propounded the 
questions. Rev. J. G. Garth was appointed secretary-. Rev. C. H. 
Rowan preached the sermon from Numbers 32:23; Rev. J. G. Garth 
charged the pastor, and Mr. R. A. Dunn charged the people. Elder 
W. E. Price was the remaining member of the commission. 

A. A. WALKER, Chairman. 

The Presbyterial Treasurer of Benevolence, W. E. Price, 
made his report for the past year. The report was adopted 
and is as follows : 

REPORT OF TREASURER OF BENEVOLENCES 

Financial Report of W. E. Price, Treasurer of Benevolences for 
Mecklenburg Presbytery as of Date of March 31, 1928 

Cause Receipts Disbursements BeJ. Cdt. 

Bible Society $ 154.87 $ 154.87 

Barium Spring Orphanage 2,050.11 2,050.11 

Church and Manse Erection 166.50 $ 166.50 

Education and Ministerial Relief 1,536.30 1,536.30 

Schools and Colleges i,9i3-75 i.9i3-75 

Foreign Missions 6,775.58 6,775.58 

Assembly's Home Missions 3,017.24 3,017.24 

Synod's Home Missions 1,548.90 1,548.90 

Pres. H. Missions___$24,655.35 21,076.44 3o78-9i 

Less bal. cr. last yr 2,076.20 

Net receipts for year 22,579.15 

Training School 203.56 203.56 

Sunda}- School Extension 629.45 629.45 

Near East Relief 28.00 28.00 

Special emergency fund 347-36 347-36 

Total $43,026.97 $39,281.56 53.745-41 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. E. PRICE. Treasurer. 

Attest : We hereby certify that we have carefully checked the 
books of W. E. Price, treasurer of Mecklenburg Presbytery, and 
fmd same correct as per statement above. 

J. . JAMISON. Auditor. 

The Treasurer of Presbyterial Tax submitted his report 
which was adopted and is as follows : 



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TREASURER'S REPORT 

Presbyterial Tax Fund 

April 5th, Balance $ 739-95 

December 6th, Refunded by S. B. Lyerly for Daily Vacation 

Schools 28.52 

April 7th, Received from Churches 3,656.79 

$4,425.26 
Disbursed 

Auditor $ 25.00 

Assembly's Assessment 1,246.72 

Synod's Assessment 225.70 

Synod's Stewardship Committee 779-31 

Presbytery's Stewardship Committee 21.80 

Expense of Commissions : 

Sharon 67.50 

Junior College i3-50 

Religious Education 271.48 

Postage 5.35 

Printing _„ 535.88 

Stated Clerk 200.00 

Permanent Clerk 30.00 

Treasurer 100.00 

Total $3,522.24 

April 7th, Balance $ 874.50 

Bank Balance April 15, 1927 $ 739.95 

Deposits from April 15, 1927 to April 7, 1928 3,685.31 

Total $4,425.26 

Checks as of page 50 $3,550.76 

Balance in Bank April 7, 1928 $ 874.50 

This account has been audited and found correct. 

J. F. JAMISON, Auditing Committee. 
April 10, 1928. 
The Auditor' report attached to treasurer's report was 

also adopted. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ASSESSMENTS 

The report of the Committee on Assessments rendered 
a report which was docketed for the fall meeting of Pres- 
bytery. The report is as follows : 

Your Committee would report as follows : 

1st. That the Presbyterial Assessment be reduced for the year 
beginning April i, 1928 from 22c per capita to 17c per capita. 

2nd. In the interest of Presbyterial economy, we would recom- 
mend that the minutes of the Presbytery be printed only once a 
year instead of the present custom of twice a year. 
Respectfully submitted, 

S. B. McLEAN. 
A. S. JOHNSON. 
H. W. HARKEY. 
Report put on docket. 



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Candidates were granted transfers to other Presbyteries 
as follows: Claude M. Mcintosh to Congaree Presbytery; 
G. C. Crowell to Montgomery Presbytery; S. E. Howie to 
East Mississippi Presbytery. 

Other communications were read and received as infor- 
mation or referred to the proper committees. 

The resignation of W. H. Belk, as trustee of Presbytery 
was accepted and the trustees asked to report at the next 
adjourned meeting of Presbytery. 

The commission appointed to deal with the Sugaw Creek 
complaint reported, their report was received and adopted. 

COMMISSION ON SUGAW CREEK CHURCH AFFAIRS 

The following commission appointed by the Presbytery of Meck- 
lenburg in session at St. Paul's Church, Charlotte, N. C, October 19, 
1927, viz. : Rev. A. R. Shaw, D.D., Rev. C. R. Nisbet, D.D., Rev. C. H. 
Rowan, Rev. R. S. Burwell, D.D., and Ruling Elders, T. J. Smith, of 
First Church, Charlotte, and T. B. Spratt, of Steele Creek Church, 
met at Sugaw Creek Church, October 24, 1927, at 11 a. m., for the 
following purpose : "To redress any and all evils found to exist in 
said church." (See minutes of Presbytery of Mecklenburg, October 
19, 1927.) 

Rev. A. R. Shaw was elected Moderator of the commission and 
Rev. R. S. Burwell, Clerk. 

After a number of preliminary meetings the Commission on 
October 28, 1927, unanimously adopted the following findings and in- 
structions : 

1st. That the Commission assume original jurisdiction in the 
Church for a period of at least six months, unless an adjustment 
satisfactory to the commission is reached at an earlier date. This 
action taken under provision of Revised Book of Church Order, 
chapter 15, paragraph 76. 

2nd. That attention be called to the fact that the above action 
suspends the exercise of all official functions on the part of both 
Ruling Elders and Deacons. 

3rd. That Ruling Elders and Deacons and members of the 
Church be enjoined to refrain from all agitation among themselves of 
the differences in the Church, for the above specified time. And 
that any failure to comply with this injunction will render the party 
or parties liable to discipline, as provided in our Rules of Discipline 
as set forth in the Book of Church Order. 

4. That while the commission finds that there have been grave 
mistakes and misunderstandings on both sides, the above action is 
not to be interpreted as a censure of any party or parties involved. 

5. That the commission summons the whole membership of the 



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Church to an aggressive program of the upbuilding for the Kingdom 
of God in this old historic field, calling attention to the unlimited and 
constantly growing opportunities for great service in this com- 
munity, especially among the young. 

6th. That the commission meet at the Church on the first Sun- 
day afternoon of each month at three o'clock for the transaction of 
business. 

7th. That the following brethren be appointed a committee to 
attend to the financial affairs of the Church, receiving and disbursing 
the funds under the direction of this commission, and serving until 
more satisfactory adjustment is arrived at : B. J. Hunter, Ralph 
Robinson, W. S. Abernethy, Frank Morrison, Wade Todd and Haw- 
ley Hunter. 

8. That the above action does not in any way stop the commis- 
sion in its effort to harmonize the differences in the Church and to 
place the work on a normal basis, or from taking any other action 
which in its judgment will be for the upbuilding of the Kingdom in 
the same. 

REV. A. R. SHAW, D.D. 
REV. R. S. BURWELL, D.D. 
REV. C. R. NISBET, D.D. 
REV. C. H. ROWAN. 
Ruling Elders : 
T. J. SMITH, First Presbyterian 

Church. 
T. B. SPRATT, Steele Creek 
Presbyterian Church 

After a number of conferences the Elders and Deacons of the 
Church signed a paper in which they resolved to let by-gones be 
by-gones and to live and labor harmoniously in the extension of 
Christ's Kingdom. 

The members of the Church then publicly acquiesced in the fore- 
going resolution. 

In consequence of this happy solution of the difficulties in the 
Church, the commission, on February 12, 1928, restored the Elders 
and Deacons to the exercise of their official functions. 

The commission was given a standing- vote of thanks and 
was discharged, also greetings and felicitations were sent 
to Sugaw Creek Church from Presbytery. 

Preceding the Presbyterial sermon Presbytery took a 
five-minute recess. 

The Presbyterial sermon was preached by Rev. J. F. 
Ligon, pastor of Tenth Avenue Church, Charlotte, from the 
texts, Rom. 14:15 and I Cor. 8:11. Subject: "The Vicarious 
Atonement." 

Rev. J. G. Garth presented the cause of the Presbyterian 
Standard. 



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The committee on Vacancy and Supply reported, the 
report was adopted which is as follows : 

COMMITTEE OF VACANCY AND SUPPLY 

The Bureau of Vacancy and Supply is one of the most service- 
able departments of our Assembly's work. This bureau, under the 
direction of Rev. J. D. Leslie, D.D., Stated Clerk of the Assembly, 
with his office at 1521 Kirby building, Dallas, Texas, holds itself in 
readiness to be helpful to vacant churches seeking a pastor, and to 
ministers who, for any reason, are seeking a change in their pas- 
torates. 

The service of this bureau is without cost either to church or 

minister, and all correspondence is strictly confidential. Dr. Leslie 

gives the assurance that no publicity will be given that is not au- 
thorized by the minister registering. 

Any vacant church wishing a pastor is urged to make its desire 
known to this bureau, stating the conditions of the field, the salary 
paid, and any other information that may be necessary. Dr. Leslie 
will immediately send to the church thus registering the name of a 
man who may seem to meet the needs of the field. A vacant church 
need have no hesitation in availing itself of the help of this bureau, 
as the usual procedure in the call of a pastor may be followed. 

Presbytery's Committee of Vacancy and Supply is anxious to be 
of service to the vacant churches throughout the Presbytery. We 
have consistently proffered our services when vacancies have oc- 
curred, to assist in securing pastors, to moderate congregational 
meetings, to render any other service within our power. 

That we may be more helpful this coming year we have arranged 
for a definite service of temporary supply. We invite all ministers 
who may be available for temporary supply work, for one or more 
Sabbaths, to register with Mr. W. E. Price, 30 W. Fifth St., Char- 
lotte, N. C, Phone, Hemlock 932; and the churches of the Presbytery 
desiring the services of a minister may communicate with Mr. Price; 
and, if possible, a minister will be supplied. It, is understood, how- 
ever, that the expenses of the minister supplying the church are to 
be paid, together with a fair remuneration for his services. This 
committee has no funds to assume any responsibility either for ex- 
penses or remuneration. 

A. A. WALKER. 

W. E. PRICE. 

J. G. GARTH. 

The report of the Committee on Evangelism was read 
and, pending adoption of the recommendations, Presbytery 
voted to take recess until 2 :00 p. m. 

Rev. R. A. McLeod and R. G. Matheson, of Fayetteville 
Presbytery were introduced and invited to sit as visiting 
brethren. 



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WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 

Presbytery re-convened at 2:00 p. m. 

The following ministers and elders were elected as com- 
missioners to General Assembly meeting in Atlanta, Ga., 
May 17, 1928: 

Principals— Ministers : C. H. Rowan, A. S. Johnson, I. E. 
Wallace, W. S. Hamiter. Alternates: Q. N. Huneycutt, A. 
A. Walker, S. B. McLean, Lynn R. Walker. 

Principals— Elders : S. B. McPheeters, J. W. McClung, 
W. R. Long, W. E. Price. Alternates: J. A. McAiilay, T. H. 
Rowan, T. E. Spratt, T. W. Stewart. 

Dr. Wm, J. Martin appeared before the Presbytery in 
the interest of Davidson College and the address was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Schools and Colleges. 

Dr. Wm. H. Frazer was heard next in the interests of 
Queens College. The address was also referred to the Com- 
mittee on Schools and Colleges. 

The Committee on Schools and Colleges reported, and 
the report was adopted : 

SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

Your Committee on Schools and Colleges has had before it a 
communication from Rev. W. M. Hunter, chairman of Synod's Com.- 
mittee on Schools and Colleges enclosing a financial statement and 
also communications from President W. J. Martin, of Davidson Col- 
lege, and Rev. W. W. Akers, Vice-President Board of Trustees 
Queens College. 

The financial statement of the Schools and College Fund reveals 
the fact that of the ^$15,299.00 asked for this fund $9,274.48 or 60.6 per 
cent w^as paid. 

Davidson College 

Davidson College reports a prosperous year with an enrollment 
of 636, of whom 125 are in the Senior class. During September, 81 of 
the above students declared that it was their intention to enter the 
ministry and this number has been increased since. In addition to 
the above nine others have declared their intention of going to the 
foreign field as medical missionaries. Five hundred of the students 
enrolled are Presbyterians, and all save 12 are members of some ev- 
angelical church. 

For the session 1928-29 an additional instructor has been placed 
in the department of mathematics, and a director of physical training 
will be added, not for training in intercollegiate athletics, but in or- 
der that every student may receive physical training. It is contem- 
plated also to add instructors in social science and fine arts. 



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The last unit of Chambers building is now under construction 
and will be ready for occupancy for the session 1929-30. 

A pressing need at Davidson is the securing of a fund from which 
to render assistance to worthy young men who cannot afford a col- 
lege education, especially sons of ministers, a number of whom are 
each year desirous of entering college. An annual income of $5,000.00 
from such a fund could be wisely used in this way. 

Young men contemplating entering Davidson College next fall 
should make application at once, as all who apply cannot be enrolled, 
and our own Presbyterian young men should insure their enrollment 
by getting their applications in first. The list of students for the 
next year is full by June 15th. 

Graduation day this year will be Wednesday, May 30th, at 10:30 
a. m. Dr. Frank S. Morgan, of Augusta, Ga., will preach the bac- 
calaureate sermon the Sabbath preceding. On Tuesday, May 29th, at 
noon Dr. Donald W. Richardson, of Nanking, China (Theological 
Seminary), will deliver the annual address. 



Queens College 

Queens College reports a record attendance of 373 students be- 
ing enrolled; 322 of these are pursuing courses leading to A. B. or 
B. S. degrees reducing specials to 50. 

The college expects to close the present year, as has been done 
for several years, free of debt. This in spite of the fact that the ex- 
pense budget has been increased by the addition of two instructors 
and a vice-president. Through the work of Vice-President Jarman, 
Queens has been able to give the closest attention to every detail of 
the courses of study and classification of students thereby improving 
the scholastic features of the institution. 

The Endowment Fund now amounts to $110,000.00 with $140,000.00 
uncollected subscriptions. The most critical situation confronts the 
college in connection with this endowment movement for the rea- 
son that the permanent accrediting of Queens as an A-Grade Col- 
lege depends upon the raising of an additional $200,000.00. Letters 
have been sent to every church in the three controlling Presby- 
teries requesting that the president of the college or someone 
designated by him be allowed to appear before the churches to 
present the importance and urgency of this endowment cause. 
The attention of church sessions is called to this pressing need 
and they are urged to write the president opening their churches 
to him for this appeal. 

The financial statement reveals the heartening fact of an 
estimated balance for the year of $8,987.30. 

Attention is called to the continued critical illness of Rev. A. 
A. McGeachy, D.D., President of the Board of Trustees, and it is 
suggested that Presbytery be led in special prayer for God's bless- 
ing upon our brother. 



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We would submit the following recommendations : 

1. That the need of Scholarship Funds at Davidson College 
with which to assist worthy young men through College be called 
to the attention of churches and individuals of means as a most 
worthy object for their gifts. 

2. That Presbyterian parents be urged to send their sons to 
Davidson College, and their daughters to Queens College as offering 
the type of education for which the Presbyterian Church stands, 
and which we believe will safeguard their boys and girls in the future. 

3. That our Church Sessions be urged to co-operate with the 
President of Queens College in his effort to raise the $200,000.00 ad- 
ditional endowment by inviting him to visit the churches and present 
the appeal. 

4. We recommend that the following Trustees whose terms of 
ofifice expire with this meeting of the Presbytery be re-elected to 
succeed themselves as Trustees of Davidson College : R. A. Dunn and 
H. N. Pharr. 

That the following Trustees whose terms of office expire with 
this meeting of the Presbytery be elected to succeed themselves as 
Trustees of Queens College : A. A. McGeachy, T. M. Glasgow, J. L. 
Choate, P. S. Gilchrist. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES R. NISBET, Chairman. 

L E. WALLACE. 

B. F. YANDELL. 

J. R. BRIDGES. 

BEATTY FAIRES. 

G. M. ROSE, JR. 

Committee Schools and Colleges. 

The Executive Committee of Home Missions rendered 
its report together with the treasurer's report which was 
referred to the Standing Committee of Home Missions. 

The unfinished business of the Committee of Evangelism 
was taken up. It was adopted and is as follows : 

COMMITTEE ON EVANGELISM 

The spirit of evangelism, both personal and congregational, is 
increasing within the bounds of the Presbytery. Evangelistic meet- 
ings have been held generally throughout the Presbytery, with splen- 
did results. The statistics of these meetings are not available for 
tabulation in this report. 

Your committee has endeavored to encourage the pastors in the 
Home Mission field to assume the responsibility for tlieir own meet- 
ings, and to arrange for any help they might need ; and they have 
responded to this request of ours with very beneficial results. Con- 
sequently, your committee is submitting a smaller number of assign- 
ments for meetings for the coming year, for your approval. 



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Again following your instructions, we sent a form card to every 
preacher in the Presbytery, asking if he would be willing to hold a 
meeting under the direction of the committee, and if he wanted the 
committee to make an assignment for his Church. The response to 
these cards has been very gratifj'ing. Only those ministers who have 
answered in the affirmative to the above request have been assigned 
to meetings ; and assignments have been made only to those churches 
requesting the same, and to the churches directly under the care of 
the Home Mission Committee. 

Two years ago this committee requested Presbytery to define its 
duties and powers, in order that it might do its work with the great- 
est efficiency. We again request Presbytery to give us some definite 
idea as to the work you would have us do. We are of the opinion 
that the ' situation might be clarified if we were instructed as to 
which of the following two lines of activities you would have us 
follow : 

First. That its activities should be confined to the churches un- 
der the care of the Home Mission Committee, and the Mission 
points in Home Mission territory. In which case, we think that the 
Committee on Evangelism should be a sub-committee of Presby- 
tery's Home Mission Committee, and under its direction. The popu- 
lar meeting usually held at the fall meeting of Presbytery in the in- 
terest of evangelism would be held under the direction of the Home 
Mission Committee. 

Second. That the committee should function through the whole 
Presbytery, fostering evangelism in all the churches. In this case 
assignments for meetings would be made, as heretofore, only in 
churches requesting such service; but all evangelistic meetings, in all 
the churches should be reported to the committee in order that a 
complete report might be made to Presbytery. 

If this committee is retained as an independent committee, some 
arrangements be made to defray its expenses, which would be very 
small, consisting of the printing and mailing of return cards, report 
blanks, etc. 

We recommend : 

1. That Presbytery request all our people within its bounds to 
pray much for God's blessing upon the work in which we are en- 
gaged. 

2. That this committee function through the whole Presbytery, 
fostering evangelism in all the churches; the assignments for meet- 
ings to be made, except in the Home Mission field, only upon request. 

3. That the churches in which meetings are held pay the ex- 
penses of the preachers holding the meetings. 

4. That the churches where meetings are held be instructed to 
report to the chairman of this committee : (a) the date set for the 
meeting as early as practicable after the arrangements have been 
completed; and (b) that immediately after the close of the meetings 
they report to the chairman of the committee in the following items : 
Name of preacher conducting the meeting; date; number of days 



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meeting continues ; number of professions of faith ; number of ac- 
cessions by profession; and number of accessions by letter. 

5. That the expenses of the committee be paid by the treasurer 
of the Presbytery from the funds obtained by the Presbyterial tax. 

6. That at the fall meeting of Presbytery an hour be devoted to 
the study and discussion of evangelism under the direction of the 
Committee on Evangelism. 

7. That the following assignments for meetings to be held dur- 
ing the year be approved: 

Assignments for Meetings 

Troy, B. F. Yandell ; Wadeville, P. W. Wilson; Star, A. A. Walk- 
er,; Pageland, W. T. Smith; Beulah, W. C. Underwood; Salem, S. B. 
Lyerly; Robinson, J. M. Walker; Peachland, S. B. Lyerly; Polkton, 
A. A. Walker ; Roberdel, A. S. Anderson ; Brainard, C. H. Rowan ; 
Cameronian, W. H. Matheson ; Ellerbe, J. W. Stork; Mt. Carmel, 
C. G. Long; Norman, S. B. McLean; Candor, W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr.; 
North Charlotte, J. W. Stork ; Unionville, W. T. Smith ; Bethlehem, 
A. A. Walker; Midland, W. H. Johnston; Marks Creek, J. M. Walk- 
er; Marston, A. A. Walker; McLean Memorial, J. W. Stork; Rourks 
Chapel, W. T. Smith ; Waxhaw, C. W. Somerville ; Six Mile Creek, 
A. A. Walker; Midway, W. T. Smith. 

A. A. WALKER, Chairman. 

The Clerk of Presbytery was ordered to forward the 
Presbyterial assessment to the Clerk of the General As- 
sembly amounting to $1,198.39. 

The report of the Committee on Calls and Supplies was 
read and adopted which is as follows : 

COMMITTEE ON CALLS AND SUPPLIES 

Your committee submits the following report : 
Six communications have been received. 

1. A call from the Mulberry Church for the pastoral services of 
Rev. J. C. Grier. 

2. A request from the session of Hopewell Church that Dr. C. W. 
Somerville be continued as stated supply until the fall meeting of 
Presbytery. 

3. A request from the session of Mallard Creek that Dr. W. H. 
Frazer be continued as stated supply until the fall meeting of Pres- 
bytery. 

4. A request from the session of Newell Church that Rev. M. E. 
Peabody be continued as stated supply until the fall meeting of 
Presbytery. 



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5. A request was received from the Wilmore Church asking that 
the terms of their call to the pastor, Rev. S. B, McLean, authorizing 
him to occupy the recently completed manse and that the church be 
permitted to change the terms of the call and add $1,400 per annum to 
the salary now paid to him. 

6. Amity Church requested permission to change the terms of 
the call to its pastor so as to increase the salary from $2,000 to $2,100. 

Your committee recommends that these requests be granted. 
Respectfully submitted, 

W. H. MATHESON. 
L. W. JARMAN. 
A. F. DOTY. 
H. M. NICHOLSON. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS 

The Foreign Missions Committee submitted its report 
which was received and ordered that the summary as cor- 
rected be printed which is : 

Financial 

With profound gratitude to God we report that in answer to 
church-wide prayer the receipts have gone above $1,600,000 paying in 
full the 3'ear"s regular expenses and also the extra China evacuation 
expense, obviating the necessit}- of the cut, and reducing the out- 
standing debt. 

Reduction of Expense 

During the year the committee has continued its rigid adherence 
to the policy of reducing the missionary force by sending out mis- 
sionaries only for absolutely necessary- replacement, or to meet 
emergenc}' needs where missionary life or health is at stake, in order 
eventualh' to bring income and outgo into harmonj- without serious 
injury to the w^ork. On April i, 1926, our missionaries numbered 516; 
on April i, 1927, 499; on April i, 1928, 484. Ever^' effort will be made 
during the ensuing year to reduce still further the annual expense of 
the work. 

Recommendations 

1. That Presbyter}' engage in a special service of thanksgiving 
to God for the prevention of the greatest disaster that ever threat- 
ened our Foreign Mission work, playing especialh- that the spirit of 
suppHcation and sacrifice that wrought this great deliverance may 
suffer no reaction or decline but growing stronger with each succeed- 
ing year may lift our Church to an ever higher standard of conse- 
cration to that cause which lies so near our Saviour's heart and 
formed the burden of his last command. 

2. That churches, societies, and individuals assume, wherever 
practicable, definite responsibility for definite parts of the Foreign 
Mission work. 



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3. That a "Church School of Missions," using the approved For- 
eign Mission study book, "The Desire of All Nations," be organized 
in every church during the Foreign Mission month of January, 1929. 

4. That pastors be urged, especially in churches where it is not 
practicable to hold a "School of Missions," to emphasize this year 
the spiritual side of the Foreign Mission enterprise using "The De- 
sire of All Nations" for prayer meeting discussions during January, 
1929. 

5. That Sunday Schools focus attention this year on our evan- 
gelistic work abroad and designate their Foreign Mission contribu- 
tions to the $100,000 being raised in the Sunday Schools for this work, 
it being understood that such offerings will be credited on the local 
church's Foreign Mission apportionment. 

6. That Young People's Societies apply their Foreign Mission 
offerings to the $10,000.00 being raised for the medical work in China 
this year and that everywhere possible they present this work to their 
young people. 

7. That ministers utiHze to the utmost the Foreign Mission pro- 
grams, literature, sermon illustrations, stereopticon slides, and visits 
of missionaries, all to be had on request from the Foreign Mission 
office, in order that missions may be given its scriptural part in the 
life of all our churches. 

EDGAR G. GAMMON. 

The unfinished matter of the Historical Foundation was 
taken up and after discussion, the matter was referred to 
the Presbytery's Historical Committee, and docketed for the 
fall meeting of Presbytery. 

Rev. J. C. Grier, having accepted the call extended to him 
by Mulberry Church, at his request the following commis- 
sion was appointed to install him : 

COMMISSION TO INSTALL J. C. GRIER 

The following commission was appointed to install J. C. Grier as 
pastor of Mulberry Church : Rev. J. W. Grier to preside, preach and 
propound the constitutional questions; Rev. L. W. Brown to charge 
the congregation and Rev. C. C. Beam to charge the pastor. Rev. 
J. M. Walker alternate to any of the above. Elder J. M. Bigham as 
lay member. Time, Sunday evening, April 22, 1928, at 8 o'clock. 

The report of the Committee on the Mi-nutes of Presby- 
tery was adopted and is as follows : 

COMMITTEE ON MINUTES OF PRESBYTERY 

The Committee on the Printed Minutes of the Presbytery re- 
port that they find them correct and neatly kept and recommend 
their approval. 

W. C. UNDERWOOD, Chairman. 



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The invitation of the Candor Church for the fall meet- 
ing was accepted. 

The second Tuesday after Synod at 11 :(X) a. m., was set 
as the time for the fall meeting. 

Dr. C. R. Nisbet was appointed to preach the Presbyte- 
rial sermon at the fall meeting of Presbytery on a subject 
to be announced later. 

The report of the Committee on Sabbath Observance 
and Family Religion was read and adopted as follows : 

COMMITTEE ON THE SABBATH AND FAMILY RELIGION 

The place and the importance of the Christian Sabbath as one 
of the great institutions of the Church and the State is still secure in 
the estimation of right thinking people throughout the world. It is 
probably not generally known that the republic of France now has 
a Sunday law demanding one day's rest in seven for all who labor 
and requiring the individual to use the day so secured for him in 
actual rest. 

It seems probable that the Cranford bill giving the District of 
Columbia a Sabbath rest law will be passed at this session of Con- 
gress. This bill is sponsored by the Lord's Day Alliance and is only 
one of their many services in the interest of the Sabbath. The 
Family Altar League is working successfully in the matter of estab- 
lishing family altars. 

For the Committee, 

R. J. McILWAINE, Chairman. 

The Committee on Christian Education and Ministerial 
Relief reported, which report was adopted as follows : 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND MINISTERIAL RELIEF 

Your Committee on Christian Education and Ministerial Relief 
begs leave to make the following report : 

We have on our roll 27 candidates for the ministry most of 
whom are in school doing satisfactory work. We also have three 
ladies preparing for mission work. 

Your chairman has written repeatedly to Jack Hand and Guj- 
Weeks during the past year, but has not been able to hear from 
either of them. 

During the year ending March 31st Mecklenburg Presbytery 
forwarded to our Committee at Louisville $12,713.84; while our can- 
didates, students, and beneficiaries of ministerial relief received from 
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In 1925, for the first time in 20 years our Central Committee 
carried over a debt amounting to $32,629.00; in 1926, $29,875.00; in 
1927, $36,527.00; this year $48,286.00. 

Following the direction of the General Assembly the Committee 
has ordered the following reductions : 10 per cent on amounts sent 
to homes of aged and infirm ministers; reduction of $25.00 in 
amounts promised candidates, making the maximum $125.00; 10 per 
cent cut in work among Presbyterian students at universities ; a 10 
per cent reduction in salary of the Executive Secretary, and any 
other possible reduction that can be made in office expenses. 

The following recommendations are offered : 

1. That candidate Claude Mcintosh be dismissed to Congaree 
Presbytery, G. C. Crowell to Montgomery Presbytery, S. E. Howie 
to East Mississippi Presbytery, and M. C. Yeargin to Fort Worth 
Presbytery. 

2. That the Central Committee at Louisville be requested to 
make the following appropriations : 

Mrs. Mary T. Arrowood $300.00 

Mrs. Allie W. Cochran 504.00 

Mrs. Emma T. Harding 540.00 

Mrs. Louise R. Dickey 300.00 

Rev. L. H. Query 420.00 

Rev. A. H. Temple 530.oo 

Rev. W. C. Underwood 530.oo 

J. W. GRIER, Chairman. 

Presbyterly then took recess to reconvene at 8:00 p. m. 

WEDNESDAY EVENING 

Presbytery then took recess to reconvene at 8 :00 p. m. 

Rev. W. H. Johnston presented the report of the Per- 
manent Committee of Home Missions. 

Rev. F. M. Shamburger, pastor of the Mt. Gilead Meth- 
odist Church and Rev. M. C. EUerbe, of the Mt. Gilead 
Circuit M. E. Church were introduced and invited to sit as 
visiting brethren. 

Pending the adoption of the report Rev. I. E. Wallace, 
D.D., Rev. A. L. McDuffie, Rev. W. C. Copeland, Chairman 
J. M. Wallace, and Superintendent A. A. Walker addressed 
Presbytery. The recommendations of the committee to- 
gether with the report were adopted and is as follows : 



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REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF HOME 

MISSIONS OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY FOR 

THE YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 1928 

In submitting this our annual report, your committee, in the very 
beginning, would record its deep gratitude to Almighty God for His 
manifest blessings upon the work during the past year. His favor has 
been over us, and His arms round about us. We would also express our 
genuine delight with, and our sincere appreciation of, the ever-increasing 
interest in, and support of our Home Mission work as manifested by 
churches, societies, Sunday Schools, and individuals. It is this increased 
interest that brings joy to your committee, and gives them heart in the 
work. 

This is our day in Home Mission work. Throughout the bounds of 
the Presbytery they are calling for us. Never before in the history of 
the Church has there been such a widespread demand for us to come in 
and possess the land ; and much of this land is virgin territory, too. It 
is waiting for us to come in. Certainly this is God's challenge to us "to 
come to the help of the Lord against the mighty." Our response to this 
appeal is bound to determine the future of our Church in all this territory. 
The aggressive home mission church is the growing church. Retrench, 
and we die. These home mission churches are not only seed-beds for our 
larger town and city churches, but in many cases they develop into strong 
churches themselves. In fact, statistics show that a vast majority of the 
self-supporting churches today began in just this way — first as a home 
mission church. A good many of them are destined by circumstances, 
over which they have no control, to remain for years as home mission 
churches ; and some of them probably will never become self-supporting, 
though they should constantly strive for it. But if they do not, what of 
it? It can be easily shown that these churches furnish ministers and 
church leaders far out of proportion to their membership or wealth in 
the community. Besides, they are the great moulding and uplifting in- 
fluences in all these sections. These are some of the things that make 
the work committed to your committee so interesting and worthwhile; 
and we are persuaded that this is what appeals to you. We are limited 
in this great work only by the lack of funds with which to do it. We 
rejoice to know that the churches are getting hold of this truth also, and 
as a consequence we are enabled to report this year the largest contribu- 
tion to this cause in the history of the Church. We are back here, dealing 
with the fountain of our Church's life, and we must see to it that it is 
kept pure and running at any cost. 

I. The Work 

A brief review of the work of the past year will show a number of 
encouraging things. For one thing, it will reveal that the work is in a 
much better condition at this time than it was at the same time last year. 
Another thing will be evident, and that is the men on the fields have been 
doing some mighty fine work. And again, instead of being afflicted with 
a number of misfits in the work, through the faithful efforts of our 
efficient superintendent we are apparently finding the right men for the 
work in charge, and this gives us the most encouragement, and the 
brightest hope, as we look forward to the new year, for after all it is the 
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1. First, then, our field. We now have 49 churches and 3 mission 
points under our care. These are grouped into 19 separate pastoral 
charges. One new church was organized during the year, Tabernacle at 
Euto in the northern part of Union County. This church grew out of 
the faithful labors of Rev. C E. White, of Marshville, who has been 
supplying at this point for some time. 

Your committee, to which was referred by the Presbytery the matter 
of the advisability of transferring Pageland and Beulah to Pee Dee Pres- 
bytery of South Carolina, after thorough investigation through a sub- 
committee, and a conference with officials of that Presbytery, and of the 
churches concerned, came to the conclusion that it was not practical to 
do so, and so those churches are left in the group as they were before. 
Waxhaw and Six Mile Creek are asking to be taken under our care at 
this meeting of Presbytery. 

This then is our field of labor, but there are many other points that 
need to be worked up by our Church. Especially is this true in many of 
the mill settlements where we are now doing little, and in the new de- 
veloping sections of the Presbytery. 

Our force. These 49 churches are being regularly supplied with men 
either as settled pastors or stated supply, with the exception of three 
fields : Roberdel, Brainard and Cameronian ; Pageland, Beulah and Salem ; 
Bethlehem, Unionville and Midland. The first and last named groups are 
now seeking men, while Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine is temporarily supplying 
the Pageland, Beulah and Salem group. Most of the other churches 
under the care of the committee are being served by men who have long 
been in their respective fields of labor, and several of them are fast 
bringing their churches up to the point where they will be self-supporting. 
Their work is so well known that it need not be mentioned in just this 
connection; only to say this, it is from churches which have pastors of 
this kind that we get our best returns from the expenditure. 

We have had a number of new men to come into the Presbytery's 
Home Mission field this year, all of whom are doing most excellent work : 
A. L. McDuffie at Candor, Biscoe and Macedonia ; T. H. Mitchell at 
Indian Trail and Siler ; A. F. Doty at North Charlotte ; and W. C. 
Copeland at Troy, Wadeville and Star. In addition to these, the follow- 
ing young men, who did student supply work last summer, will be back 
with us this summer : W. G. Thomas, a senior at Union Seminary, 
Richmond, Va., at Ellerbe, Mt. Carmel and Norman. He has accepted 
a call to these churches, and will begin upon his pastorate there upon 
graduation ; M. B. Prince, a middler at Columbia Seminary, at Peach- 
land and Polkton ; J. S. McFall, also a middler at Columbia, at Morven, 
Lilesville and Camden. The committee also has promised to assist the 
churches of Mt. Gilead and Norwood in securing for the summer T. F. 
Wallace, a student at Columbia, to assist their pastor, J. W. Stork, in his 
large fields of labor. 

On the whole, it can be said without hesitation, we never had such a 
fine body of ministers in the Home Mission work before. They are 
doing yeoman service and it is telling. Last year they received into the 
Church on profession of faith 99 and by letter 131, making a total of 230 
added to the Church from the mission fields. 

3. The Building Program. During the year much has been done in 
the way of erecting new church buildings and manses by the Home Mis- 



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sion churches. The new church at Euto has secured a five-acre tract of 
land near the consolidated high school building upon which they have 
begun the erection of a brick church building to cost about $6,000. 

Bethlehem is planning to build a new brick church out on the new 
highway No. 150 running from Concord to Monroe. Both the brick for 
this church and that for the Tabernacle church at Euto were given by the 
Belk Bros. Speaking of the Belk Bros., we would pause here in the 
report, and once again record our appreciation for the many handsome 
gifts which have been given by these two brothers to this work. They 
have ever been the friends of Home Missions in this Presbytery, and in 
the State. In the going of Dr. John M. Belk, the Church, and especially 
the Home Mission Committee, has lost a most valuable friend. We re- 
joice to know, however, that he has made arrangements with his brother, 
Mr. W. H. Belk, to carry on the good work just as if he were present in 
the flesh. We wish to express to each member of the family our sym- 
pathy in the hour of their great sorrow. 

Our church at Lilesville was burned to the ground during the winter. 
No insurance was carried on the building. Since then they have been 
worshipping in the Methodist Church. Just now they are putting on a 
campaign to raise $5,000 with which to rebuild a brick structure. This 
church needs your help. They are weak financially. 

Marks Creek is planning to remodel their church building, add Sun- 
day School rooms to it. and turn the church around so as to make it face 
the new highway passing by it. 

Marston and the other churches in this group plan to buy a six-acre 
tract of land upon which is a six-room dwelling to be used for the manse. 
This property is near the Marston Church, and most suitable for that use. 

McLean Memorial and Rourk's Chapel, the remaining two churches 
in this group, have on their building program, McLean to build out and 
out, while Rourk's Chapel plans to purchase the school building in which 
they have been worshipping and remodel that for their church. 

Brainard, in the Roberdel, Brainard and Cameronian group around 
Rockingham, has expended $1,800 this year in remodeling their church, 
adding four new Sunday School rooms, new floors over all, and exten- 
sively modifying the front and making it more attractive. They still owe 
$500 on this work, and they are looking to us for help. 

Norman has completed her new church but she is struggling along 
with a building and loan debt of $1,900. We have helped them some, but 
they need our help further, 

A handsome new manse has been built at Candor under the direction 
of their pastor. Rev. A. L. McDuffie, at an estimated cost oi $5,000: It 
has six rooms in it and is well located in the town. The Candor Church, 
with some assistance from the other churches in this group, is financing 
this project without calling upon the committee for help. 

Troy Church, since the arrival of their new pastor, W. C. Cope- 
land, has revived its interest in building their new church; and they are 
just now seeking to find some way by which they can finance the under- 
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tee that this church will have been completed before the time arrives for 
another year's report. It has been hanging fire all too long already. 

Star has appointed a committee to secure a lot upon which they may 
build in the near future. It will require our help at this place. 

The manse at Robinson has been completed at an estimated cost of 
$3,500. When the church receives the $500 promised them by Synod's 
Committee then the debt on the building will be about removed. 

Wilmore has completed her church building, and has also built a new 
manse during the year, the total cost of both buildings, including lots, was 
$26,450. Of this amount the church cost $19,300, and the manse $7,150. 
The work on both these buildings was largely done by members of this 
congregation, and it is estimated that this resulted in a saving to the con- 
gregation of $9,350.00. Both these building projects are being financed 
by the congregation with some little help from your committee. 

The Waxhaw Church is in need of a new church building and they 
now have plans on foot to erect a building which they estimate will cost 
them $30,000. It is a rather high ideal they have set before them, and it 
is just possible they will have to go about reaching it by piece-meal. 

It is evident from such a building program as that which is going 
on throughout the Presbytery your committee has many requests for aid 
that it cannot grant, not because we do not think they are worthy, but 
simply because we do not have the funds in hand. The committee antici- 
pates that it will be called upon during the coming year to aid in building 
churches and manses to the total amount of not less than $7,500.00. At 
once, you see some of these requests will have to be declined unless we 
are provided with a building fund. It would be a glorious thing if some 
one would place at the disposal of this committee a church and manse 
fund adequate to meet the needs of these pressing calls. We commend 
this to your liberality. 

II. The Finances 

Total receipts for the year from the churches amounted to $22,026.63, 
as compared to $18,664.76 for the same period the year before. Total 
receipts from all sources, including balance of last year, amounted to 
$24,655.35, as against $20,858.54 for the year before. 

Total expenditures for the year amounted to $21,076.44, as compared 
to $18,782.14 the previous year, leaving a balance on hand at the beginning 
of this church year of $3,578.91. 

In addition to this we have received about $4,288.00 from the Synod's 
Home Mission Committee which has gone into the support of the regular 
work of the Presbytery. 

The balance in hand will all be required to tide us over the first few 
lean months of the year. Last year we began with a small balance in 
hand, and for the first time in the history of the work, so far as your 
present committee is concerned, we did not have to borrow a single dollar. 
Our policy is to get out of debt and stay out of debt if possible, and not 
at the same time turn a deaf ear to the numerous cries that come from the 



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fields for help. Six years ago, 1922, we began the year $15,000 in debt. 
Today we are free of all debt with a balance on hand, notwithstanding 
our annual budget has increased in that time by $10,000. 

III. Policies 

We restate some of the established policies of the committee by way 
of emphasis. They have been approved by the Presbytery, and have been 
proven to be wise by experience. 

1. It is the policy of the committee to reduce all appropriations to 
the fields each year 10 per cent. This is done not that the men on the 
field shall receive less salary, but that the churches served shall make up 
this difference and more, each year, and that this may serve as a stimulus 
to the churches to become self-supporting ; and at the same time it re- 
leases funds to be used in developing other needy fields, and in the opening 
up of new work. 

2. The committee will expect every pastor engaged in Home Mission 
work to live on the field he serves. 

3. The committee will expect all applications for aid in building 
churches and manses to be made in writing. Such applications must show 
cost of building contemplated, and the amount of money already raised 
for the same. The committee must formally pass upon all applications 
before they can be held as binding for appropriations. Further, churches 
expecting to receive aid from the Home Mission Committee in building 
either church or manse are requested to confer with the committee in re- 
gard to the site, the style of building, and the plans for financing the 
same, before they actually begin operations. 

4. The committee will expect all churches and manses to be properly 
insured, and care be taken to see that this insurance is kept up. 

5. Churches receiving aid from the Home Mission Committee are 
expected to pay in full their apportionment to Presbytery's Home 
Missions. 



IV. Recommendations 

We offer the following recommendations : 

1. That Rev. A. A. Walker be re-elected Superintendent of Pres- 
bytery's Home Missions. 

2. That Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine be re-elected Evangelist of Union and 
Anson Counties. 

3. That Presbytery grant the following supplies : A. S. Anderson, 
Baden and Palestine ; T. F. Hunnycutt, Stanfield ; C. E. White, Taber- 
nacle and Waxhaw ; Frank Grier, of Bethel Presbytery, S. C, Six Mile 
Creek; J. A. Mclntyre, layman, Mark's Creek, Marston, McLean Me- 
morial and Rourk's Chapel ; Student supplies : M. B. Prince, Peachland 
and Polkton ; J. S. McFall, Morven, Lilesville and Camden ; W. G. 
Thomas, EUerbe, Mt. Carmel and Norman; T. F. Wallace, assistant 
through the summer at Mt. Gilead and Norwood. 



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4. That a conference for the workers (and their wives) on the 
Home Mission field be held at some time in the spring at the expense of 
the committee. Such conference to be arranged for by the committee at 
such time and place as they think best. 

5. In view of the pressing needs of the work, and especially because 
of the great building era which we are now upon, and the many demands 
made upon the committee for this special form of assistance, Presbytery 
urges each church, when it is at all possible to pay in full its apportion- 
ment to Presbytery's Home Missions, namely, 15 per cent of the total 
budget. 

6. That Presbytery approve the following appropriations for the 
year 1928-29: 

Superintendent's Salary $ 3,000.00 

Indian Trail and Siler , 800.00 

Troy, Wadeville and Star 1,050.00 

Ellerbe, Mt. Carmel and Norman 600.00 

Oakboro, Locust, Stanfield and Morgan Memorial 700.00 

Pageland, Beulah and Salem 1,000.00 

Plaza 300.00 

Union and Anson County Evangelist 600.00 

Robinson and Allen 625.00 

Cornelius and Bethel 300.00 

Marshville and Tabernacle 200.00 

Peachland and Polkton 900.00 

Wilmore 320.00 

Roberdel, Brainard and Cameronian 600.00 

Walkersville, Rehoboth, Bethany and Altan 440.00 

Candor, Biscoe and Macedonia , 700.00 

North Charlotte 400.00 

Unionville, Bethlehem and Midland 1,200.00 

Mark's Creek, Marston, McLean Memorial and Rourk's Chapel 1,200.00 

Morven, Lilesville and Camden 900.00 

Waxhaw and Six Mile Creek 200.00 

Expenses of Superintendent 1,000.00 

Incidental Expenses 500.00 

Mt. Gilead and Norwood 300.00 

Contingent Fund for New Work 1,000.00 

Church Building Contingent Fund 3,000.00 

Training School Workers 300.00 

Total Appropriations $22,135.00 

J. M. WALKER, Chairman. 

NOTE — The Treasurer's report, properly audited, is hereby attached. 



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REPORT OF W. E. PRICE, TREASURER OF MECKLENBURG 

PRESBYTERY HOME MISSION COMMITTEE FOR 

YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 1928 

Receipts 

Balance forwarded March 31, 1927 $ 2,076.20 

Received from Churches 22,026.63 

Dividends Commercial National Bank 24.00 

Received from Synod's Committee 500.00 

Returned by S. B. Lyerly 28.52 

$24,655.35 

Disbursements 

Paid to Workers to April 1, 1928 $13,558.73 

M. & F. Bank for Certificate 2,000.00 

Norman Church Building 493.26 

Wilmore Church Building 1,000.00 

Mt. Gilead Church Building 1,000.00 

Plaza Church Building 625.00 

Ellerbe Church Building 1,203.11 

Spillman's Salary 282.69 

S. B. Lyerly Training School 300.00 

Printing 6.00 

Superintendent's Special Expense 35.75 

Auto Account 514.00 

General Expense Account 21.30 

Travelling Expense Members of Committee 36.60 

Balance on hand 3,578.91 



$24,655.35 
Liabilities 

None 

Assets 

Note Statesville Avenue $ 650.00 

Two Shares Stock Commercial National Bank 450.00 

Dodge Sedan 750.00 

Certificate Dp. M. & F. Bank 2,000.00 

$3,850.00 

Church and Manse Erection Fund 

Balance, 1927 $ 56.00 

Received to April, 1928 110.50 

Total on hand $ 166.50 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. E. PRICE. 
Audited and found correct. 

J. F. JAMISON, Auditor. 



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REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS 

Your Standing Committee on Home Missions beg leave to submit 
the following report : 

We have examined the report of the Executive Committee on 
Home Missions and rejoice at the excellent show^ing made. We com- 
mend the faithful and efficient work of Superintendent and Com- 
mittee. 

We note especially the reference of the Executive Committee to 
the fine work of the Belk brothers for Home Missions in this Pres- 
bytery, and heartily concur with the Committee in their expression 
of appreciation ; and add to theirs our own expression of sympathy 
for all those bereaved by the death of Dr. Jno. M. Belk. 

We note with pleasure the success of the Committee in securing 
men so eminently fitted for the work of the Home Mission fields, and 
we would most heartily commend the fine spirit of the men who 
through a long term of years have been giving themselves to this 
form of work. 

The unusual amount of building and improvement of churches 
and manses is especially heartening. The congregations and groups 
doing this fine work are to be commended; but we would also com- 
mend the Committee and the Superintendent of Home Missions for 
the inspiration they have given to the fields and the men on the 
fields. 

We would especially commend the business ability of the Com- 
mittee in clearing off the old debt, and enlarging the work without 
borrowing money. 

1. We recommend the approval of the Executive Committee's 
report with the adoption of their recommendations as to appro- 
priations and the re-election of the efficient Superintendent, A. A. 
Walker. 

2. We recommended the re-election of the Executive Commit- 
tee of Home Missions. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. H. JOHNSTON. 
A. S. ANDERSON. 
C. W. WALTON. 

The Committee on Men's and Women's Societies sub- 
mitted its report which was received and adopted by a ris- 
ing vote, in which Presbytery extended a vote of thanks to 
the women. The report is as follows : 

MEN'S AND WOMEN'S SOCIETIES 

Your Committee on Men's and Women's Societies would make 
the following report : 



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The Woman's Auxiliary of Mecklenburg Presbytery is to be con- 
gratulated for having succeeded in getting all the Women's organi- 
zations except two to become members of the Presbyterial. 

There are now sixty-six Auxiliaries in the Presbyterial and all 
but five sent in their reports. 

These reports show a most successful year, making a record in 
material offerings, showing an increase of three thousand nine hun- 
dred and seventy-four dollars over last year. This is especially 
gratifying considering that last year's report showed a splendid in- 
crease of more than eleven thousand dollars over the preceding year. 

The spiritual objectives have been diligently fostered and have 
developed in a marked degree. Eighty-two Bible classes have en- 
rolled one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six members. One hun- 
dred and sixty-five prayer bands, one thousand nine hundred and 
thirty-nine members. Home and Foreign Mission study classes, 
two thousand seven hundred and thirty-one members. Family al- 
tars, five hundred and sixty-four. Tithers, eight hundred and forty- 
eight. 

Doubtless the faithfulness of the Auxiliaries in meeting for 
prayer, for the study of the Bible and Missions is the explanation of 
the large sums contributed to the causes of the Church, which we 
would here record. 

Denominational Benevolences 

Foreign Missions : 

(a) To the Nashville office $16,368.00 

(b) Birthday gift Kwangu Girls' School 2,079.00 

Assembly's Home Missions 4,158.00 

Christian Education and Ministerial Relief 2,117.0a 

Publication and Sunday School Work 574-00 

Assembly's Training School 732.00 

Bible Cause 291.00 

Synod's Home Missions 2,105.00 

Orphans' Homes 6,062.00 

Educational Institutions 2,645.00 

Presbytery's Home Missions 3,158.00 

Total —L. $45,510.00 

Local and Miscellaneous Work $26,420.00 

Making a grand total of all contributions $71,930.00 

Upon such a record not only should the Woman's Auxiliary be 
congratulated but Presbytery should be deeply grateful for such a 
force in developing the spiritual life of our churches and in augment- 
ing its resources for promoting the Kingdom of our Lord in the 
earth. 

The second part of our report has to do with men's societies. 

There have been placed in our hands fourteen reports of men's 
organizations other than Bible classes of the Sunday School. Six 
of these organizations are "Men of the Church" and are organized 



40 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



wholly or in part according to the Assembly's plan. Six are Men's 
Clubs, for the promotion of fellowship, personal work, holding evan- 
gelistic services and the securing of funds for the work of the Church. 
The two organizations of the First Presbyterian Church of Char- 
lotte are called, "The Men's Foreign Mission Society" and "The Men's 
Fellowship Club." The men's organization of the Presbytery have 
enrolled 793 members. 

These organizations contributed to Foreign Missions $10,870.00; 
Presbytery's Home Missions $3,381.00; Orphans' Home $295.00; Con- 
gregational Expenses $2,992.00. The Myers Park Club has sub- 
scribed $50,000.00 to the Building Fund of their proposed new 
church. We feel that we should call special attention to the splen- 
did gift of $6,345.00 to Foreign Missions by the "Men's Foreign Mis- 
sion Society" and "Fellowship Club" of the First Presbyterian 
Church, of Charlotte. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LYNN R. WALKER, Chairman. 
W. C. UNDERWOOD, Committee. 

The Stewardship Committee submitted the following re- 
port which was received and adopted, and is as follows : 

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE 

The Secretary of Stewardship for the Presbytery makes the fol- 
lowing report : 

The total amount apportioned to this Presbytery for Benevo- 
lences for the year beginning April i, 1928, by the Synod of North 
Carolina at its stated session in 1927 at Concord (see page 721 of the 
Minutes of the Synod for said session) was $197,997, which appor- 
tionment was accepted and adopted by the Presbytery at its stated 
session in the fall of 1927 (see page 10 and 11 minutes of said ses- 
sion). The amounts or quotas apportioned to the various churches 
of the Presbytery were upon a per capita basis, as appears from the 
Report of the Stewardship Committee to the stated fall session of 
Presbytery, which was approved and adopted by the Presbytery as 
amended and as appears in the minutes, the apportionments or 
"Askings" varying in amount from $50.00 to $1.00 per member in dif- 
ferent churches, according to the appraised ability of the member- 
ship. These "Askings" were accepted with very few exceptions. 

March 11, 1928, having been designated by the Presbytery as the 
approved date for the Every Alember Canvass for subscriptions for 
the ensuing year, as recommended by the Assembly, the Secretary of 
Stewardship requested the various churches of the Presbytery to 
make reports to him as soon thereafter as practicable as to the sub- 
scriptions received, both for Benevolences and for Current Expenses, 
in order that a complete report from all the churches might be tab- 
ulated and furnished to the Assembly's Secretary of Stewardship and 
to the Synod's Secretary likewise and also to the Presbytery, and 
printed cards were furnished for this purpose. Up to April 10, 1928, 
the day of the convening of the Presbytery, only 25 of the 93 
churches of the Presbytery had made any report to the Secretary 
of Stewardship, and some of them were incomplete, making it dif- 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 41 



ficult for the Secretary to prepare and submit to the Presbytery a 
satisfactory report. During the session of the Presbytery, the Sec- 
retary of Stewardship has obtained from the Statistical Reports to 
Presbytery, and from such other information as was obtainable from 
the churches, facts and figures which are included in the tabulated 
statement hereto attached and made a part of this report, giving the 
names of the individual churches, with the amounts of the Benev- 
olent "Askings" from each, the number of subscriptions for Benev- 
olences from each Church, the amount subscribed by each Church 
for Current Expenses and the number of subscriptions for Current 
Expenses from each Church, with the totals of these several items 
from all the churches, so far as they could be gotten. 
The summary is as follows : 

Total number of subscriptions to Benevolences 5,245 

Total amount subscribed to Benevolences $146,019.00 

Total number of subscriptions to Current Expenses 6,112 

Total amount subscribed to Current Expenses $195,697.00 

Total amount subscribed to Benevolences and Cur. Exp.__$34i,7i6.oo 
Amount short of Benevolent Quota $ 45,978.00 

Thirty-seven churches have made no report of their Every Mem- 
ber Canvass either to the Presbyterial Secretary of Stewardship di- 
rectly or to the Presbytery. 

At the stated session of the Presbytery in the fall of 1927, ex- 
penditures to the extent of $100.00 were authorized on the part of 
the Secretary of Stewardship for actual expenses. Of this allow- 
ance, the sum of $21.80 was used, of which $4.50 was paid for station- 
ery, postage and telegram, and $17.30 was paid to the Presbyterian 
Standard for printing and publishing. By the generosity of Messrs. 
Belk Brothers a statement giving certain facts and figures and call- 
ing attention to the need for Presbyterians to pay up past subscrip- 
tions and make new ones was published in the Charlotte Observer 
without cost to the Presbytery, shortly before the Every Member 
Canvass day. (By the inadvertance of someone, this notice appeared 
in the Sunday issue of the paper, although the Secretary of Steward- 
ship had especially requested that it be not published in the Sunday 
edition). 

There seemed to be no demand for Stewardship Conferences in 
the Presbytery this year preceding the canvass and none were held. 
Such conferences may be of much benefit when there is real inter- 
est in them and co-operation but not otherwise. 

The following recommendations are submitted: 

* I. That this Presbytery overture the Assembly to direct, through 
its Committee on Assembly's Work, that the Assembly's Secretary 
of Stewardship discontinue the practice of calling for and trying to 
secure from the various churches throughout the Assembly, through 
the Presbyterial Secretaries of Stewardship, or the Synodical Secre- 
tary, special reports upon the Every Member Canvass in the churches 
prior to the regular spring sessions of the Presbyteries, for the rea- 
sons that such effort is impracticable, considering the bjief time 
elapsing between the making of the Every Member Canvass and the 
sessions of the Presbyteries, it is unpopular with the churches and is 
largely ignored by them, it is unnecessary and results in duplication 
of reports, and serves no good purpose at last, as the information 



42 



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CURRENT 

EXPENSES 


No. 
Sub. 


Amt. 
Sub. 


210 


$ 8,290 


60 


265 


75 
67 


2,500 
1,788 


30 


700 


30 
146 


250 
986 



necessary for the Assembly's Stewardship office is available from 
the Statistical Reports of the Presbyteries to the Assembly and when 
secured from that source will serve desired ends as well as if it 
were obtained otherwise. 

2. That the Home Mission Committee, through its Superinten- 
dent of Home Mission churches, actively promote the cause of 
Stewardship in the Home Mission churches, to the end that a larger 
number of them may more fully realize their privilege and respon- 
sibility of contributing to the Benevolent causes of the Church. 
Respectfully submitted, 
S. B. McLEAN, 
Presbyterial Secretary of Stewardship. 



BENEVOLENCES 

Total No. Amt. 
Askings Sub. Sub. 

I— Albemarle $ 1,890 108 $ 1,829 

2— Allen 25 

3— Altan 60 60 60 

4— Amity 448 75 685 

5— Badin 378 536 

6— Banks 544 45 4i5 

7— Bethany 35 30 30 

8 — Bethel 474 120 321 

9— Bethlehem 160 

10 — Beulah 56 

II — Biscoe 105 

12 — Brainard 154 

13 — Caldwell Memorial 11,250 515 10,205 

14 — Camden 20 

15 — Cameronian 132 

16 — Candor 158 

17 — Carmel (dissolved) 376 

18 — Central Steele Creek 1,020 80 969 

19 — Charlotte First 52,500 46,670 

20 — Charlotte Second 60,060 1,051 31,107 

21 — Cook's Memorial 615 70 460 

2,2. — Cornelius 284 42 no 

23 — Ellerbe 80 29 92 

24 — Hamlet 1,632 143 1,121 

25 — Hopewell 924 500 

2(i — Huntersville 1,860 

■27 — Indian Trail 120 11 43 

28 — Lee Park 72 

29 — Lilesville 22 

30 — Locust no 

31 — Macedonia 220 

32 — Mallard Creek 1,232 

ZZ — Mark's Creek 316 

34 — Marshville 282 42 135 

35— Marston 78 

36 — Matthews 202 

Zl — McGee 768 600 

38 — McLean Memorial 32 4 5 

39 — Midland 45 

40— Monroe First 5,i75 3,45o 



571 



26 



42 



10 



11,141 



80 


1,241 




31,035 


066 


36,740 


71 


600 


51 


786 


29 


940 


143 


5,548 


150 


1,500 



133 



1,300 



1,400 
97 

5,000 



20 


351 


22 


386 


19 


57 


46 


170 






30 


1,800 


8q 


603 


125 


2,000 




10,348 




13,148 


91 


683 


91 


698 






41 


1,088 


I 


25 


30 


1,000 



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41 — Morgan Memorial 57 

42 — Morven 570 

43— Mt. Carmel 152 

44— Mt. Gilead 321 

45 — Mulberry 600 

46 — Myers Park 6,375 

47 — Newell 660 

48 — Norman 66 

49 — North Charlotte no 

50 — Norwood 609 

51 — Oakboro 24 

52 — Pageland 100 

53 — Palestine 10 

54— Paw Creek 1,944 1,663 2,458 

55 — Peachland 56 

56 — Pee Dee 145 

57— Plaza 459 

58— Philadelphia 1,768 

59 — Pineville 840 

60— Pleasant Hill 436 

61 — Polkton 96 

62 — Porter 30 

63 — Providence 884 

64 — Ramah 500 

65— Rehoboth 46 

66— Roberdel 148 

67 — Robinson 465 

68 — Rockingham 600 

69 — Rourk's Chapel 32 

70 — Salem 60 

71 — Seversville 870 

72 — Sharon 2,200 

TZ — Siler 200 

74 — Six Mile Creek 74 

75 — Stevenson 80 

'Jt — Stanfield 46 

77 — Star 22 

7^ — Steele Creek 6,840 

79— St. Paul's 1,505 

80 — Sugaw Creek 3,270 

81 — Tenth Avenue 5,240 

82 — Thomasboro 260 

83 — Troy 123 

84 — Turner 90 

85 — Unionville 126 

86— Wadesboro 888 

87— Wadeville 48 

88 — Walkersville 202 

89 — Waxhaw 598 

90 — West Avenue 2,064 

91 — Westminster 8,805 

92 — WilHam's Memorial 1,184 

93 — Wilmoore 249 

94 — Tabernacle (New Church) 



13 


no 


13 


248 




4|? 




3,200 


122 


1,268 


254 


2,579 


65 


700 


80 


800 


90 


510 


105 


585 




300 


50 


850 


40 


40 
400 


40 . 


175 


12 


30 


28 


\\2 


51 


726 


68 


1,985 


208 


1,920 


158 


3,500 


55 


140 


55 


489 


7 


67 


7 


153 


485 


7,374 


485 


5,065 


99 


1,463 


150 


4,188 


181 


1,862 


181 


2,069 


235 


4,000 


257 


8,000 


32 


260 


32 


1,564 


27 


164 


27 


564 




50 




350 


18 


344 


64 


2,123 




48 




150 


100 


50 


100 


460 


221 


1,715 


221 


9,151 


323 


7,425 


346 


9,835 


no 


1,184 


125 


2,315 


107 


339 


125 


2,315 






24 


229 



$197,061 5,245 $146,019 6.1 12 $195,697 



44 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Rev. L. W. Brown was appointed to conduct the Devo- 
tions at the opening of Presbytery Thursday morning. Dr. 
L. Wilson Jarman was asked to conduct the high school 
devotions on Thursday morning. 

Presbytery then adjourned to meet at 9:00 a. m., Thurs- 
day. 

THURSDAY MORNING 

Presbytery reconvened at 9 :00 a. m., and was led in a 
devotional exercise by Rev. L. W. Brown. 

The minutes of Wednesday's sessions were read and 
approved. 

Dr. E. E. Gillespie, Superintendent of Synodical Home 
Missions, was introduced and invited to sit as a visiting 
brother and later addressed Presbytery. 

Rev. W. S. Hamiter offered his resignation as pastor of 
the Pineville and Banks Churches due to failing health, and 
the churches regretfully and reluctantly concurring, Presby- 
tery voted to dissolve this pastoral relation and he was 
given the privilege of laboring outside the bounds of Pres- 
bytery until the fall meeting. 

The Judicial Committee rendered the following report 
which was adopted : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAL BUSINESS 

Your Committee would respectfully report that no matters of a 
judicial nature have been referred to this committee. 
Respectfully submitted, 

C H. ROWAN, Chairman. 

The nominating Committee submitted the following re- 
port which was adopted : 

COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS 

For trustees of the Presbytery, in place of W. H. Belk, Hunter 
Marshall. 

Committee on Evangelism: A. A. Walker, chairman; W. B. Mc- 
Ilwaine, Jr., W. E. Price. 

Committee on Religious Education — Young People's Division : 
P. W. Wilson, M. E. Peabody, F. H. Bierman. 

Sunday School Extension : J. G. Garth, H. J. Spencer. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 45 



Leadership Training: B. F. Yandell, G. M. Beaty, Dr. R. H. 
Lafferty. 

Respectfully submitted. 

The Committee on Thanks submitted the following re- 
report which was adopted by a rising vote : 

RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg in session at its stated spring 
meeting at Mt. Gilead Church in April, 1928, humbly and gratefully 
acknowledges the continued and renewed tokens of the guidance of 
the Holy Spirit in its work during the past year, as evidenced in 
particular by the various reports brought in indicating distinct ad- 
vance in many phases of the Master's work. 

The Presbytery desires most heartily to thank the pastor and 
people of the Mt. Gilead Church for their most hospitable entertain- 
ment of the members of Presbytery; for the commodious provision 
made for the work of the Presbytery in their splendid new building; 
and for the generous, hospitable and comfortable provisions made for 
the entertainment and refreshment of the members of the Presbytery 
in the homes of the people ; and also for the special dinner and sup- 
per provided by the ladies of the church. 

The Presbytery also desires to express its appreciation for the 
musical features provided in some of the sessions; for the special 
provisions made for the convenience of Presbytery's work in the 
clerical machines generally put at its disposal by the Richter and 
Meyers Company and by the McRae Store; and also, for the gen- 
erous and able services of Miss Grace McRae and of Miss Kate Stin- 
son in operating these machines. 

It is the prayer of the members of this Presbytery that the Holy 
Spirit will continue to bless and enlarge the spiritual growth and 
witness of the pastor and people of the Mt. Gilead Church ; and it is 
their particular desire and request that a copy of this report be read 
to this congregation. 

T. H. MITCHELL, Chairman. 

The Committee on Synod's Minutes submitted the fol- 
lowing report which was adopted : 

COMMITTEE ON SYNOD'S MINUTES 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg: 

Your Committee on Synod's Minutes have found nothing special 
to call to Presbytery's attention. 

Respectfully submitted, 

T. M. STRIPLING, Chairman. 

The Committee on Sessional records reported, their re- 
port was adopted as follows : 

Your Committee on Sessional Records submits the following re- 
port : 



46 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



I. Session books of the following churches were approved 
w^ithout exception : Amity, Banks, Bethel, Beulah, Caldwell Memo- 
rial, Candor, Central Steele Creek, Charlotte First, Charlotte Second, 
Cook's Memorial, Cornelius, Hamlet, Hopewell, Huntersville, Indian 
Trail, Lee Park, Macedonia, McLean Memorial, Mallard Creek, 
Mark's Creek Marshville, Marston, Monroe First, Mt. Carmel, Mt. 
Gilead, Matthews, Mulberry, North Charlotte, Norwood, Paw Creek, 
Pee Dee, Plaza, Pineville, Pleasant Hill, Polkton, Providence, Ra- 
mah, Rockingham, Seversville, Sharon, Steele Creek, St. Paul, Su- 
gaw Creek, Tenth Avenue, Troy, Turner, Walkersville, West Avenue, 
Westminster, Williams Memorial. 

II. Session books of the following churches were approved with 
exceptions as noted : 

1. Not opened and closed with prayer : Sharon, Rourk's Chapel, 
Myers Park. 

2. Failure to hold at least one meeting in a quarter : Morven, 
Biscoe, Wadeville, Altan, Norman, Rehoboth, Bethany, McGee, Eller- 
bee, Robinson. 

3. Clerk's signature to minutes missing: Newell. 

4. No name on back of book : Albemarle, Siler, Philadelphia. 

5. Approval of minutes not completely recorded: Rehoboth, 
Thomasboro, Albemarle. 

6. Place of meeting not always recorded : Morven, McGee, 
Wadesboro, Thomasboro. 

7. Very incomplete minutes of some meetings : Badin, Wades- 
boro. 

III. The Committee would make these recommendations : 

1. That sessions observe closer care in having all minutes ap- 
proved and record of such approval duly made before submission to 
Presbytery. 

2. That sessional minutes record due authorization for each 
meeting held; that is, whether as a stated meeting, adjourned meet- 
ing, or called meeting. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. T. SMITH. 

The Committee of Religious Education, with its sub- 
committees on Young People's Work, Sabbath Schools, and 
Leadership Training, submitted its report which was taken 
up severally and were adopted as amended and is as follows : 

THE REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 
AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES 

Your committee will respectfully submit the following report, of 
the 93 churches listed that your committee has received reports from 
o"ly 54, of these 54 eleven report no young people's organization, 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 47 



whatsoever. While two others report an organized work being car- 
ried on only among the Juniors. 

There are in the Presbytery seventy organizations including 
Junior societies with a membership of 2,305 by whom contributions 
totaling $2,502 are reported to have been made to all causes. Only 
one or two of the reports indicate a flourishing condition in the 
young people's work, your committee deplores this fact and would 
urge upon the ministers and the sessions of all the churches the im- 
portance of this department of the church's work. We feel that one 
of the reasons for the condition that now exists is the lack of per- 
sonal interest on the part of the pastors and members of the session. 
The reports also indicate a division among the young people's soci- 
eties from the standpoint of form of organization, some of our 
stronger churches are conducting their young people work in one 
way while others are continuing the Christian Endeavor organiza- 
tion. Your committee feels that were it possible to have a single form 
of organization for the young people's work of all our churches a 
greater work could be accomplished, we would therefore submit the 
following recommendations : 

1. That the pastors and sessions be urged to organize in their 
church some form of young people's work, if there is no organiza- 
tion at the present time and to give to this organization the support 
of their personal interest and guidance. 

2. That an ad interim committee be appointed to study the mat- 
ter of the young people's work, looking to the promotion of a single 
form of organization, which committee shall report its finding and 
recommendations to the first adjourned meeting of Presbytery or as 
soon thereafter as possible. 

Sabbath School 

Of the ^72 Sabbath Schools from which reports have come, we 
have reported a total Sabbath School enrollment of 14,219, an in- 
crease over last year of 1,266. 

They report total contributions of $33,951. We note that only 
five of the schools reporting are conducting teacher training classes. 
The importance of religious education is so great that special efforts 
should be made to furnish trained teachers where this is possible. 
There are reported 309 additions to our church from the Sunday 
School. 

Your committee submits the following recommendations : 

1. That all established schools be urged to conduct a teacher 
training class. 

2. That the Presbytery urge upon the churches that a definite 
part of the regular contributions of the Sabbath School be set apart 
and applied to the regular benevolent causes of the church. 

3. That the regular offering in all church schools on one desig- 
nated Sunday in each month be given to Barium Springs Orphan- 
age. 



48 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Leadership Training 

Your committee following the precedent established last year has 
employed four students from the Assembly's Training School to as- 
sist in the conducting of daily vacation Bible schools in the Presby- 
tery over a twelve weeks' period. Letters have been mailed to each 
Church stating the conditions upon which these ladies may be 
secured by them. These conditions are as follows : 

1. That the two ladies shall be furnished with entertainment by 
the Church. 

2. That their expenses from their last engagement to their new 
field be defrayed by the Church. 

3. That a free-will offering be received on the closing day of 
the school for the benefit of the committee's work. 

It is possible for us to conduct twelve schools during the sum- 
mer. We have received applications for seven, leaving room for five 
more engagements of two weeks each. Applications should be made 
to Rev. S. B. Lyerly, of Charlotte, N. C, at once, if your Church 
wishes the assistance of the workers. 

P. W. WILSON, 

For the Committee. 

STATISTICAL REPORT OF YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORK 

No. Senior Christian Endeavor Societies 35; Membership 1,296 

No. Intermediate Societies 11; Membership 256 

No. Junior Societies 18; Membership 506 

No. Boys' Groups 3; Membership 92 

No. Girls' Groups i ; Membership 20 

No. Other Forms 3; Membership 135 

70 2,305 

Contributions 

To Denominational Benevolences: 

As Foreign Missions " $ 456 

As Home Missions 15 

Christian Education and Ministerial Relief 52 

Publication and Sabbath School 30 

Orphans 145 

Educational Institutions 23 

Presbytery's Home Missions 32 

Total Denominational Benevolences $ 753 

To Local Church Work $1,268 

Miscellaneous Collections 53i 

Grand Total All Contributions $2,552 

The Bills and Overtures Committee reported that noth- 
ing had come into its hands and the committee was dis- 
charged. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 49 



The Stated Clerk submitted an incompleted statistical 
report which was received and adopted with the understand- 
ing that the Clerk have the privilege of completing this re- 
port as soon as possible and forwarding to the Assembly. 

An Ad Interim Committee on Young People's Work was 
appointed as follows : 

P. W. Wilson, Chairman ; W. B. S. Chandler, S. B. McPheeters, 
C R. Nisbet, A. S. Johnson, S. B. McLean, J. M. Walker, W. E. 
Price, J. G. Garth. 

Elder D. D. McKinnon, the veteran elder of the Wade- 
ville Church was introduced to Presbytery and was honored 
by Presbytery's rising to receive him. 

The privileges of the floor were extended to Dr. E. E. 
Gillespie, Superintendent of Synod's Home Missions, also 
Secretary of Synod's Stewardship and Miss Katie B. Prid- 
gen, Superintendent of the Albemarle Normal and Industrial 
Institute. 

In connection with Miss Pridgen's address, the matter 
of the Albemarle Normal and Industrial Institute was refer- 
red to the Permanent Committee on Schools and Colleges, 
with instruction to report at the fall meeting of Presby- 
tery. Dr. L. Wilson Jarman was added as a member of this 
Committee on Schools and Colleges. 

The Trustees of the Albemarle Normal and Industrial 
Institute were ordered to meet in the Presbyterian Church 
in Albemarle, N. C, at 10:00 a. m., April 23, 1928. 

An adjourned meeting of Presbytery was set for 2 :00 
p. m., April 30th in the First Presbyterian Church of Char- 
lotte, N. C. 

The report of the Committee on Leave of Absence sub- 
mitted the following report which was adopted : 

REPORT OF LEAVE OF ABSENCE COMMITTEE 

Rev, G. C. Huntington, M. E. Sentell, J. A. McQueen, and J. A. 
Callagan be excused from attendance upon this meeting. 

Revs. J. R. Bridges, A. R. Shaw, B. F. Yandell, J. F. Ligon, C. R. 
Nesbit, E. G. Gammon, Q. N. Huneycutt, T. F. Huneycutt, and C, H. 
Rowan ; elders W. R. Wearn, Jno. A. McRae, D. R. McCord, N. A. 
Martin, L. R. Lisk, W. L. Allen. E. W. McGee, N. C. White, and N. 
J. Phillips be excused after Wednesday night. 



50 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



The matter of the revised Directory of worship was 
docketed for the adjourned meeting of Presbytery. 

The Presbytery then adjourned with prayer by the Mod- 
erator. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 

C. G. LONG, Temporary Clerk. 

Presbytery met in adjourned session on April 30, 1928, 
at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte. 

MONDAY AFTERNOON 

2 :00 o'clock. 

Presbytery was called to order by the Moderator, Rev. 
J. G. Garth, and a quorum being found present, Presbytery 
was led in prayer by Rev. T. M. Stribling. 

Ministers: Rev. J. G. Garth, Moderator; T. M. Strib- 
ling, J. R. Bridges, J. F. Ligon, S. B. Lyerly, J. C. Grier, T. 
H. Mitchell, L. W. Brown, W. H. Matheson, C. R. Nisbet, 
E. G. Gammon, A. A. Walker, W. T. Smith, Q. N. Huneycutt, 
W. B. S. Chandler, P. W. Wilson, J. M. Walker, R. W. Cul- 
bertson, S. B. McLean, B. F. Yandell, W. B. Mcllwaine, C. 
E. White, W. H. Johnston, A. S. Johnson, C. H. Little, R. S. 
Burwell, G. C. Huntington, C. G. Long, A. F. Doty, J.'C. Mc- 
Geehee, I. E. Wallace. 

Elders: J. L. Campbell, Philadelphia; S. B. McPheeters, 
Caldwell Memorial ; W. R. Long, Sugaw Creek ; J. A. Mc- 
Intyre, Ellerbe ; J. O. Stancil, Amity; E. V. Kearns, Hope- 
well ; H. W. Harkey, Westminster ; W. L. Allen, Tenth Ave- 
nue ; W. W. Davenport, Steele Creek ; J. W. McClung, First 
Church, Charlotte; A. W. McCoy, Marston ; W. A. Rogers, 
Pineville ; W. R. Wearn, Charlotte Second. 

Rev. B. B. Shankel was dismissed to Concord Presby- 
tery. 

The matter of the Revised Directory of Worship was 
taken up, discussed, and changes approved. 

Dr. Geo. F. Robertson, of Holston Presbytery, was in- 
troduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother. 

A matter dealing with certain books distributed by the 
Presbyterian Committee of Publication was brought to the 
attention of Presbytery by Dr. A. S. Johnson at the request 



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of the Presbyterian Ministers' Association of Mecklenburg 
County, and an ad interim committee was appointed by 
Presbytery to study the matter and report back to Presby- 
tery. The committee consisted of Revs. C. H. Rowan, Jno. 
M. Walker, C R. Nisbet, Elders W. E. Price and S. B. Mc- 
Pheeters. 

The Committee on Assembly's Home Missions submitted 
its report which was received, and the following recom- 
mendations were adopted : 

1. That the Sunday Schools be urged to study Home Missions 
as a part of the Church's great missionary responsibility, and Sun- 
day, June 24th, be observed as Home Mission Day with an offering 
for this cause. 

2. That the Young People's Societies be urged to use the As- 
sembly's Home Mission programs, and that their Home Mission of- 
ferings be applied to the Blue Ridge Academy, The Hollow, Va., 
which school the General Assembly has assigned them as their spe- 
cial Home Mission responsibility. 

3. That November be designated as the time for Home Mission 
study and preaching, and that all churches, Auxiliaries, Societies and 
Sunday Schools be urged to observe the Annual Week of Prayer for 
Home Missions, November 11-18, with free-will offerings for As- 
sembly's Home Missions. 

4. That all churches, auxiliaries and societies be urged to recog- 
nize the distinctive work and claims of Assembly's Home Missions, 
and that this cause be given its proper share of the benevolent con- 
tributions. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. F. LIGON, Chairman. 

Rev. H. L. Hoffman, a Methodist minister from Virginia, 
was introduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother. 

The Ad Interim Committee on Young People's Work 
submitted a report and after discussion, the report was 
withdrawn and the committee was continued. 

An overture to the General Assembly touching proposed 
union of the United Presbyterian Church and the Presbyte- 
rian Church in the United States w^as introduced by Dr. A. S. 
Johnson, which was adopted : 

OVERTURE TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg respectfully overtures the Gen- 
eral Assembly to meet in Atlanta, Ga., May 17th, as follows : 

That inasmuch as there are vital differences in practices and tra- 



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ditions as well as creed between the Presbyterian Church, U. S., and 
the United Presbyterian Church, and 

Inasmuch as there are geographical differences and wide dis- 
tances between the communions of these two bodies (20 Presbyteries 
of the United Presbyterian Church being between the Mississippi 
River and the Pacific Ocean) it would be impractical to meet to- 
gether because of this distance; 

Inasmuch as to submit this to the Presbyteries while there is no 
desire on either side for union would provoke a harmful and useless 
discussion ; 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg asks the Assembly to express 
its thanks to the Committee on Union for its labors and discharge it 
from further agitation so that the Church may be free to prosecute 
its work until such a time as the Spirit of God seems to direct to- 
wards a union of these kindred bodies. 

Respectfully submitted. 

A report of the Board of Trustees of the Albemarle Nor- 
mal and Industrial Institute was received and referred to 
the Standing Committee on Schools and Colleges, the com-, 
mittee being ordered to report to the next adjourned meet- 
ing of Presbytery if possible. 

The commission appointed to install Rev. J. C. Grier as 
pastor of Mulberry Church made the following report : 

COMMISSION TO INSTALL REV. X C. GRIER 

The commission appointed to install Rev. J. C. Grier as pastor 
at Mulberry met at the church Sunday, April 22nd, 8 p. m. Rev. 
John W. Grier presided, preached, and propounded the constitutional 
questions ; Rev. J. M. Walker charged the pastor. Rev. L. W. Brown 
the people. Closed with prayer. 

An additional report of the Committee on Sessional 
Records was adopted and ordered incorporated as a part of 
the minutes of the spring meeting of Presbytery. 

Mr. J. A. Mclntyre, an elder of the Ellerbe Church, and a 
candidate for the ministry, who had been supplying a group 
of churches in Richmond County, applied to Presbytery for 
licensure but after discussion Presbytery advised Mr. Mc- 
lntyre to try to take a course in a theological seminary and 
then come to Presbytery for licensure. 

An adjourned meeting was set for the first Monday in 
July at 2 :00 p. m., in the First Presbyterian Church. 

After the reading of the minutes, Presbytery was led in 
prayer by Dr. Geo. F. Rol)ertson and adjourned. 

C. G. LONG, Temporary Clerk. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 





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14. Men's Work— P. S. Gilchrist, C P. Brown, H. J. Spencer, J. M. 
Oldham, J. P. Marsh, M. E. Trotter, J. M. Harris. 

15. Sessional Records— W. T. Smith, R. S. Burwell, Q. N Huneycutt, 
and five elders 

16. Examinations: 

(i) Experimental Piety — The Moderator. 

(2) Academic Studies — R. W. Culbertson. 

(3) Languages — Latin Thesis and Greek Exegesis — C. W. Somer- 
ville, J. W. Grier. 

(4) Natural and Exact Sciences — H. E. Gurney, C. H. Little. 

(5) Mental and Moral Philosophy, Logic and Rhetoric — W. H. 
Frazer, W. B. S. Chandler. 

(6) Theology — A. S. Johnson, A. A. McGeachy, C. H. Rowan. 

(7) Church History— J. M. Walker, W. H. Matheson. 

(8) Church Government and Sacraments — M. E. Peabody, R. S. 
Burwell. 

TRUSTEES OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

1. Davidson — R. A. Dunn, H. N. Pharr — Terms expire 1928; A. A. 
McGeachy, J. P. Matheson, W. H. Belk — Terms expire 1930. 

2. Queens— A. A. McGeachy, T. M. Glasgow, J. L. Choate, P. S. 
Gilchrist — Terms expire 1928; J. Arthur Henderson, E. E. Jones, 
A. J. Crowell — Terms expire 1929; E. A. McCausland, J. W. Mc- 
Clung, Hunter Marshall — Terms expire 1930. 

3. Albemarle — M. J. Harris, A. C. Huneycutt. A. E. McCausland — 
Terms expire 1928; R. J. Mcllwain, F. S. Neal, W. H. Belk— 
terms expire 1929 : J .M. Harry, J. W. Stork, J. H. McCrae, J. M. 
Morrow, Mrs. W. E. Milton, Lynn R. Walker — Terms expire 1930. 



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.MINUTES 

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118th STATED SESSION 

Candor, N. C. 
October 23, 24, 1928 

ADJOURNED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

July 2, 1928~-July 16, 1928---September 3, 1928 

CALLED MEETING 

Maxton, N. C. 

October 9, 10, 1928 



DIRECTORY 

Rev. S. B. Lyerly, Moderator. Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. G. Garth, Stated Clerk Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. W. Stork, Permanent Clerk Mt. Gilead, N. C 

Trustees of Presbytery — H. C. Alexander, Hunter Marshall, Jr., J. L. 
Choate. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Presbytery's Home Missions — J. M. Walker, C. G. Long, W. B. S. 
Chandler, C. H. Rowan, Lynn R." Walker, C. H. Little, F. S. 
Neal, W. H. Belk, T. J. Smith, C. P. Brown, W. E. Price, Dr. R. 
H. Lafferty. 

PERMANENT COMMITTEES 

1. Foreign Missions — E. G. Gammon, C. G. Long, W. L. WalH?, 
J. Arthur Henderson, M. B. Spier. 

2. Assembly's Home Missions— E. A. Dillard, C. H. Little, A. S. 
Anderson, Jno, B. Ross. 

3. Christian Education and Ministerial Relief — J. W. Grier, W. H. 
Matheson, J. W. McClung, J. M. Oldham. 

4. Religious Education — General Chairman : S. B. Lyerly. 
(i) Children's Division: W. M. Wilcox, W. E. Price. 

(2) Young People's Division : P. W. Wilson, M. E. Peabody, F, 
H. Bierman. 

(3) Sunday School Extension : J. G. Garth, H. J. Spencer. 

(4) Leadership Training : B. F. Yandell, G. M. Beaty, Dr. R, H. 
Lafferty. 

5. Bible Cause— S. B. Lyerly, J. W. Stork, Dr. H. Q. Alexander. 

6. Synod's Home Missions— L E. Wallace. A. L. McDuffie. C. H. 
Caldwell, D. S. Monteith. 

7. Orphans' Home— W. H. Johnston, R. W. Culbertson, Wm. 
Anderson, W. A. Jamison. 

8. Schools and Colleges— C. R. Nisbet, I. E. Wallace, B. F. Yandell. 
J. R. Bridges, Beatty Faires, G. M. Rose, Jr. 

9. Sabbath and Family Religion — R. J. Mcllwain, W. S. Hamiter, 
Thos. Spratt, Wm. Ross. 

10. Evangelism— A. A. Walker, C. E. White, T. G. Hardie. 

11. Men's and Women's Societies— L. R. Walker, W. C. Underwood, 
J. R. Irwin. 

12. Auditing— J. F. Jamison, J. O. Thomas. 

13. Stewardship — S. B. McLean, Chairman and Secretary of Stew- 
ardship; W. H. Frazer, W. H. Johnston, E. A. Dillard, E. G. 
Gammon, Frank Matthews, W. E. Neil, R. A. Grier. 

(Continued on back inside cover) 



<J)(CINUTES 

of 

MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY 




118th STATED SESSION 

Candor, N. C. 
October 23, 24, 1928 

ADJOURNED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

July 2, 1928~-July 16, 1928''-September 3, 1928 

CALLED MEETING 

Maxton, N. C. 

October 9, 10, 1928 



PRESS OF 

PRESBYTERIAN STANDARD 

PUBLISHING COMPANY 

CHARLOTTE, N, C. 



ADJOURNED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met July 2, at 2 p. m., in the 
First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N. C. The Moderator 
Rev. J. G. Garth, presided. Presbytery was opened with 
prayer. The following were present : 

Ministers: W. B. Mcllwaine, T. F. Huneycutt, Q. N. 
Huneycutt, A. A. Walker, W. H. Matheson, T. H. Mitchell, 
S. B. McLean, C. W. Somerville, M. E. Peabody, J. C. Mc- 
Geehee, W. C. Underwood, R. W. Culbertson, S. B. Lyerly, 
C R. Nisbet, B. F. Yandell, J. F. Ligon, W. H. Johnston, A. 
R. Shaw, J. A. Caligan, C. H. Little. 

Elders: W. W. Davenport, Steele Creek; S. B. Mc- 
Pheeters, Caldwell Memorial, M. A. Galloway, Plaza 
Church; A. W. Mills, Oakboro ; W. R. Wearn, Second 
Church, Charlotte ; F. B. Kuykendall, Wadesboro ; Dr. R. D. 
Ross, W. L. Allen, Tenth Avenue, Charlotte. 

Dr. S. B. McPheeters was chosen temporary clerk. Pres- 
bytery authorized the payment of a bill of $65.00, out of the 
Presbyterial tax fund, presented by W. E. Price, and in- 
curred for the purchase of a special ledger used in connec- 
tion with the office of treasurer of Presbytery. 

Presbytery ordered that candidate L M. Ellis be trans- 
ferred to Montgomery Presbytery. Rev. T. R. Alexander, 
of Potomac Presbytery was introduced and invited to sit as 
a visiting brother. Rev. T. F. Huneycutt requested that the 
pastoral relations between himself and Oakboro and Lo- 
cust churches be dissolved in order that he might concen- 
trate his energies, impaired by ill health, on the work at 
Morgan Memorial Church ; and, with the concurrence of 
the churches involved, Presbytery ordered the dissolution 
of the relation with the expression of the hope that the ill 
health which occasioned this request may be speedily re- 
paired. Presbytery voted to stand adjourned to meet July 
16th, at 12 o'clock. 

Presbytery next proceeded to the examination of can- 
didate W. G. Thomas, a graduate of Union Theological 
Seminary, as a candidate for licensure. A committee, con- 
sisting of Dr. C. W. Sommerville, Dr. W. B. Mcllwaine, and 
W. H. Johnston, was appointed to examine the popular lec- 
ture, The Thesis (on Justification), and the Exegesis of 



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Psalm 51. The recommendation of the committee that this 
part of the examination be sustained was adopted by the 
Presbytery. 

The A. B. degree of Davidson College was accepted in 
lieu of an examination in academic studies. In lieu of an 
examination in the original languages of the Holy Scrip- 
tures and church history, the Presbytery accepted the B. D. 
degree granted the candidate by Union Theological Sem- 
inary. The Presbytery directed the moderator to conduct 
the examination as to personal piety, and, after hearing the 
candidate's answers, sustained this part of his trial. 

Dr. A. R. Shaw was designated to conduct the examina- 
tion, in theology, which was sustained by Presbytery. 

Rev. M. E. Peabody conducted the examination in the 
Sacraments and Church Government, which was sustained 
by Presbytery. 

Dr. W. B. Mcllwaine was asked to conduct the examina- 
tion in the English Bible, which was sustained by Presby- 
tery. 

The Presbytery next engaged in worship and the preach- 
ing of a sermon by the candidate. Upon its conclusion. Pres- 
bytery sustained the examination as a whole. The Pres- 
bytery being satisfied by his trial omitted his licensure and 
appointed a commission to have charge of all matters con- 
nected with the ordination and installation of Mr. Thomas 
at Ellerbe, Norman, and Mt. Carmel Presbyterian churches 
on July 15, 1928. 

The commission consisted of Revs. A. A. Walker, T. M. 
Stribling, Lynn R. Walker, J. G. Garth, and ruling elders 
W. E. Price and J. H. McRae. 

The calls which the candidate received from Ellerbe, 
Norman, and Mt. Carmel churches were referred back to 
those churches for correction as to amount of time in each 
church with instructions that the calls be returned to the 
commission in time for the ordination. 

Mr. James H. Caligan was received as a candidate for 
the ministry upon presentation to the Presbytery of the 
testimony of his session as to his Christian character and 
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the ministry were answered satisfactorily. Dr. C. R. Nisbet 
charged the candidate. 

After reading the minutes, Presbytery adjourned with 
prayer to meet at First Church, Charlotte, N. C, July 16, 
1928, at 12 o'clock noon. 

S. B. McPHEETERS, Temporary Clerk. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



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ADJOURNED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session in 
the First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte at 12 m., Mon- 
day, July 16, 1928. Presbytery was convened with prayer 
by Rev. J. F. Ligon. 

The following were found to be present : 

Ministers: C. W. Sommerville, S. B. Lyerly, A. S. John- 
son, J. W. Grier, R. W. Culbertson, B. F. Yandell, P. W. 
Wilson, G. C. Huntington, W. H. Matheson, W. H. John- 
ston, A. A. Walker, E. G. Gammon, L. R. Walker, J. F. 
Ligon, T. F. Huneycutt, J. C. Grier, Q. N. Huneycutt, C H. 
Little, J. M. Walker, A. F. doty. 

Elders: W. R. Wearn, Charlotte Second; W. L. Wallis, 
Tenth Ave.; W. R. Long, Sugaw Creek; S. W. Smith, Mor- 
gan Memorial; W. W. Davenport, Steele Creek; Dr. H. Q. 
Alexander, Providence. 

The commission appointed to ordain and install candi- 
date W. G. Thomas at EUerbe, Mt. Carmel and Norman 
churches reported action as follows : 

ORDINATION OF W. G. THOMAS 

The commission to ordain and install candidates W. G. Thomas 
at Ellerbe, Mt. Carmel and Norman group met at Ellerbe July 15th. 
The commission was called to order by Rev. A. A. Walker, chairman, 
opened with prayer. Rev. J. G. Garth was chosen as secretary. There 
were present, A. A. Walker, T. M. Stribhng, and J. G. Garth, min- 
isters, and W. E. Price and J. H. McRae, elders. Rev. Lynn R. 
Walker was present at the services at Mt. Carmel and Norman, 
while T. M. Stribling and J. G. Garth were absent from the service 
at Norman. 

The calls were corrected as to time and found in order and 
accepted by Mr. Thomas. 

At the ordination service at 11 a. m. at Ellerbe, Rev, J. G. Garth 
preached the sermon. Rev. T. M. Stribling charged the pastor and 
W. E. Price charged the people, after the candidate had been or- 
dained by laying on of hands, and the prayer by Rev. A. A. Walker, 
who had charge and presided over the exercises. 

At Mt. Carmel, at 3 :30 p. m., A. A. Walker presided, T. M. Strib- 
ling preached the sermon, Lynn R. Walker charged the pastor, and 
W. E. Price the people. Mr. Thomas was duly installed pastor at 
Mt. Carmel. 

At 8 p. m. at Norman Mr. Thomas was again installed, Dr. Lynn 



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R. Walker preaching the sermon, Rev. A. A. Walker charging the 
pastor and W. E. Price the people. 

The services closed with the benediction by the new pastor. 

A. A. WALKER, Chairman. ' 

In regard to quorums of commissions Presbytery voted 
that for ordination and all judicial cases, a strict quorum of 
Presbytery be required, in other cases the quorum may be 
less. 

A petition was presented for the organization of a new 
church at Midway, near Rockingham. Presbytery granted 
the request to organize this church : Rev. A. A. Walker, 
chairman, T. M. Stribling, Lynn R. Walker, and W. G. 
Thomas, ministers, and J. H. McRae, F. L. Pickett, H. T. 
Baldwin, K. M. Mclnnis, elders. 

The Committee on Religious Education, the department 
of Leadership Training, asked Presbytery for an increased 
appropriation of $100.00 for use in Vacation Bible School 
Work. The request was granted provided the treasury be 
in condition to make this appropriation. 

Rev. J. F. Ligon requested that the pastoral relation- 
ship existing between him and the Tenth Avenue Church be 
dissolved to take effect July 31. Mr. W. L. Wallis was 
heard representing the Church and he presented a paper 
containing resolutions from the Church concurring in the re- 
quest. Many remarks of the highest and most compliment- 
ary nature were made by various members of Presbytery, 
after which Presbytery dissolved the pastorate. 

Rev. J. F. Ligon was granted a letter of dismission to 
Columbia Presbytery, in order that he might accept the call 
of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, Tenn. 

Rev. A. S. Johnson reported attendance upon the ses- 
sions of the General Assembly, which report was accepted. 

An adjourned meeting of Presbytery was set for Sep- 
tember 3rd at 2 :00 p. m., in the First Presbyterian Church of 
Charlotte. 

Preceding the motion to adjourn Dr. A. S. Johnson, led 
the Presbytery in prayer. Presbytery then adjourned. 

C. G. LONG, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



ADJOURNED MEETING 

Charlotte, First Church, Sept. 3, 1928. 

Presbytery was called to order at 2 :(X) o'clock by the 
Moderator Rev. J. G. Garth, and opened with prayer by Rev. 
Rev. H. E. Gurney, D.D. The following were present : 

ROLL 

Ministers: J. W. Grier, H. E. Gurney, A. S. Johnson, G. 
C. Huntington, A. F. Doty, C. C. Beam, C. H. Rowan, S. B. 
Lyerly, C R. Nisbet, L. W. Brown, P. W. Wilson, B. F. 
Yandell, J. G. Garth, W. H. Johnston, W. H. Matheson, J. C. 
Grier, T. H. Mitchell, W. B. Mcllwaine. 

Elders: L. S. Boyd, Tenth Avenue ; W. R. Wearn, Char- 
lotte Second ; W. A. Rogers, Pineville. 

Mr. Harry Alexander Gilbert of the Ramah Presbyterian 
Church made application to be taken under care of Presby- 
tery as a candidate for the ministry. 

Credentials from the session of his church were pre- 
sented and the usual examinations conducted. 

The examinations and credentials were accepted as satis- 
factory, and Mr. Gilbert was received as a candiate for the 
ministry. 

Charge to the candidate delivered b}^ Rev. P. W. Wilson. 

Tenth Avenue Church through its representative re- 
quested permission to prosecute a call for Rev. E. A. Dil- 
lard of Enoree Presbytery. Permission was granted. 

H. E. Gurney asked that the pastoral relation between 
himself and the Matthews and Providence churches be dis- 
solved. The churches concurred in the request, and Pres- 
bytery ordered the dissolution effective October 1, 1928. 

Rev. C. H. Rowan, Rev. C. R. Nisbet, and Elder W. E. 
Price were named a committee to consider the amendments 
to the Book of Church Order sent down by General Assem- 
bly, and to formulate a report to the fall meeting of Pres- 
bytery. 

Rev. J. W. Grier as chairman of the Committee on Chris- 
tian Education and Ministerial Relief was authorized to in- 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 9 

vestigate the request of Candidate Knox to be allowed to 
drop his R. O. T. C. work at Davidson College, and then to 
use his own judgment about granting the request. 

The minutes were read and approved. 

Presbytery closed with prayer by Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 
W. H. JOHNSTON, Temporary Clerk. 



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10 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

CALLED MEETING 

At Maxton, N. C. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met at the Presbyterian Junior 
College for Men at Maxton, N. C, October 9, 1928, by order 
of Synod. 

Presbytery opened with prayer by the Moderator, Rev. 
J. G. Garth. The following were present : 

Ministers: J. R. Bridges, D.D., J. W. Grier, C. E. White, 
J. G. Garth, J. W. Stork, J. M. Walker, W. T. Smith, Lynn 
R. Walker, D.D., S. B. McLean, C. W. Sommerville, D.D., 
C. H. Rowan, B. F. Yandell, P. W. Wilson, E. G. Gammon, 
D.D., C. R. Nisbet, D.D., A. F. Doty, T. H. Mitchell, W. G. 
Thomas. 

Elders: J. V. Pomeroy, Charlotte Second; W. H. Belk. 
Monroe First; A. M. Gray, Tenth Avenue; B. R. McCord, 
West Avenue ; N. J. Phillips, Wilmore. 

Rev. E. A. Dillard presented a letter of dismission from 
Enoree Presbytery. The examination on Experimental Re- 
ligion by the Moderator was sustained. The examination 
on Theology by Dr. C. R. Nisbet was sustained ; that on 
Church Government by Rev. J. G. Garth was sustained. 

The examination as a whole was sustained and Mr. Dil- 
lard was received after signing the covenant. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer by Rev. P. W. Wilson 
to meet at the call of the Moderator. 

J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



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CALLED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met at the call of the modera- 
tor at 5 :30 p. m., October 10th, and was opened with prayer 
by Rev. C. G. Long. Present : 

Ministers: L. W. Brown, J. G. Garth, J. W. Stork, Q. N. 
Huneycutt, C. G. Long, Lynn R. Walker, D.D., S. B. Mc- 
Lean, C. R. Nisbet, D.D., T. H. Mitchell, E. A. Dillard. 

Elders: _W. M. Junker, Philadelphia; A. M. Gray, Tenth 
Avenue ; N. J. Phillips, Wilmore. 

The call of Tenth Avenue Church for the pastoral serv- 
ices of Rev. E. A. Dillard was found in order, placed in his 
hands and accepted by him. The following commission was 
appointed to install Mr. Dillard : 

Ministers, W. H. Frazer, D.D., C. W. Sommerville, D.D., 
B. F. Yandell, and Ruling Elder W. H. Belk. 

Rev. L. W. Brown offered his resignation as pastor of 
Philadelphia Church. Elder W. M. Junker reported that 
the congregation reluctantly concurred with Mr. Brown. 

The pastoral relation was dissolved and Mr. Brown dis- 
missed to Suwanee Presbytery. The Stated Clerk was di- 
rected to write Suwanee Presbytery a letter of appreciation 
of the services of Mr. Brown here. Closed with prayer by 
Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt. The minutes of yesterday and to- 
day's sessions were read and approved. 

J. W. STORK, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



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STATED FALL SESSION 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in 118th stated session at 
the Candor Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, October 23rd, at 
11 a. m., and was opened with a sermon by the retiring- 
Moderator, Rev. J. G. Garth, from Jno. 3:16. 

The communion followed, being administered by Revs. 
W. B. Mcllwaine, D.D., and T. M. Stribling. 

Presbytery was constituted with prayer by the Modera- 
tor. 

The clerk was directed to print in the minutes a suitable 
memorial to Rev. A. A. McGeachy, D.D. It was the desire 
of Dr. McGeachy that such be not read at Presbytery. 

DR. A. A. McGEACHY 

Dr. Archibald Alexander McGeachy was born in Robeson Coun- 
ty, North Carolina, on March 3, 1869. He was a descendant of a fine 
old Highland Scotch family which in itself and through its con- 
nections has been prominent in the history of the State. 

His early education was received in the public and private schools 
of this section and he was a graduate of Davidson College in the 
year 1891 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. His professional 
training was received at Union Theological Seminary, then located at 
Hampden-Sidney. 

He was ordained to the ministry at Fayetteville in 1894 and ac- 
cepted a call to the church at Pleasant Hill, Missouri. In 1895 he 
was called to Fulton, Missouri, and next became the pastor of the 
church in Sherman, Texas. In 1908 he returned to North Carolina 
to take charge of the Second Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, 
which he served until his death on September 24, 1928. 

Dr. McGeachy was a man of many gifts and graces. His brilliant 
and penetrating mind made him a great preacher. His natural lead- 
ership made him an effective organizer. His interest in people made 
his ministry wonderfully efficient, and his kindness of heart won him 
friends everywhere. The impression he has left on his church is 
profound, and his influence in Charlotte remains as a definite con- 
tribution to its history. 

Among the abiding results of his ministry are the Goodfellow's 
Club of Charlotte and the Men's Club in his own church. The insti- 
tution for delinquent women at Samarcand and the Mecklenburg In- 
dustrial Home for wayward girls are monuments to his memory. 
He was a trustee of Davidson College and president of the Govern- 
ing Board of Queens College. He was identified with every good 
work in the life of his city and was a trusted and respected coun- 
selor in the work of the Church at large. 



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No tribute to his memory or history of his work would be com- 
plete without the record of the understanding and help he always 
sought and found in his own home. Mrs. McGeachy gave him more 
than all his friends were ever able to do and his own desire would 
be that her name should be linked with his in all his accomplish- 
ments. 

CHARLES E. RAYNAL. 



ROLL 

The roll was called and the following found present : 

Ministers: J. W. Grier, R. J. Mcllwaine, C. H. Little, 
C E. White, R. W. Culbertson, J. G. Garth, J. W. Stork, J. 
M. Walker, W. H. Frazer, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. B. Mc- 
llwaine, S. B. Lyerly, T. F. Huneycutt, M. E. Peabodv, W. 
B. S. Chandler, W. T. Smith, A. A. Walker, C. G. Long,''S. B. 
McLean, W. H. Johnston, C. H. Rowan, T. M. Stribling, B. 

F. Yandell, P. W. Wilson, J. A. Caligan A. L. McDuffie, W. 
H. Matheson, E. G. Gammon, T. H. Mitchell, W. C. Cope- 
land, W. G. Thomas, E. A. Dillard. T. R. Alexander— 33 
ministers. 

Albemarle, H. P. Efird ; Amity, John Kuck ; Banks, O. 
W. Potts; Bethel, J. M. Potts; Biscoe, J. W. Ewing; Cald- 
well Memorial, M. W. Woodside ; Cameronian, H. T. Bald- 
win; Candor, Jesse Page; Charlotte First, J. M. Oldham; 
Charlotte Second, Alex. Graham ; Cook's Memorial, R. F. 
Rozzell; Cornelius, A. J. McConnell ; Ellerbe, J. H. McRae ; 
Macedonia, J. A. McLeod; Marston, J. L. Cashion ; Midway, 

G. A. McRae ; Morven, J. A. McDonald ; Mt. Gilead, Jno. A 
McAulay; Myers Park, J. L. Ranson ; Norman, A. N. Cagle 
Paw Creek, J. W. Davenport ; Pineville, W. A. Rogers 
Providence, H. Q. Alexander; Ramah, J. W. Deweese 
Roberdell, W. T. Wicker; Seversville, R. O. Robinson 
Sharon, T. F. Black; Steele Creek, E. M. Neal ; St. Paul, J 
D. Woodside; Sugaw Creek, C. L. Abernethy; Tenth Ave- 
nue, H. T. Davis ; Wadesboro, C A. Bland ; Walkersville, 
A. B. Norwood; Westminster, D. S. Monteith. 

Rev. S. B. Lyerly was nominated for Moderator and 
elected by acclamation. 

Rev. C. G. Long was likewise elected temporary clerk. 

The Committee on Orders recommended the following 
hours : 9 a. m. to 12 :30, 2 to 5 and 7 p. m. to adjourn at will. 



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Dinner and supper Wednesday will be served at Macedonia 
Church and the afternoon session held there. The report 
was adopted. 

Order was taken to hear the Committee on Evang-elism 
from 3 to 4 p. m. today. 

Rev. T. R. Alexander presented a letter of dismission 
from Potomac Presbytery. 

Recess was taken for lunch. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened, was opened with prayer by Rev. 
W. B. S. Chandler. 

The Moderator announced the appointment of the fol- 
lowing committees : 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

Devotional: A. L. McDuffie, Jesse Page. 

Bills and Overtures: J. G. Garth, R. W. Culbertson, H. 
T. Baldwin, John Kuck. 

Judicial: C. E. White, T. F. Huneycutt, J. M. Potts, R. 
F. Rozzell. 

Presbytery's Home Missions: Q. N. Huneycutt, M. E. 
Peabody, A. D. McConnell, J. A. McLeod, C. L. Abernethy. 

Calls and Supplies: P. W. Wilson, W. T. Smith, M. W. 
Woodside, Jno. A. McAulay. 

Records of Presbytery: B. F. Yandell, E. A. Dillard, J. 
D. Woodside. 

Minutes of General Assembly: W. B. Mcllwaine, C. A. 
Bland, T. H. Mitchell, J. L. Ranson. 

Presbytery's Assessments: W. B. S. Chandler* E. M. 
Neal, J. A. Caligan, H. T. Davis. 

Nominations: S. B. Lyerly, J. G. Garth, J. M. Oldham. 

Thanks: W. G. Thomas, D. S. Monteith. 

Mr. Alexander was examined on Experimental Religion 
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The examination on Theology by Rev. C. H. Rowan was 
sustained. 

The examination on Church Government and the Sacra- 
ments, conducted by Rev. M. E. Peabody was sustained. 

The examination as a whole was sustained and Mr. 
Alexander was enrolled after having signed the covenant. 

The call of the Second Presbyterian Church, Charlotte 
for Rev. J. F. Hardie, D.D., of Houston, Texas, was read, 
found in order and the Church permitted to prosecute same 
before Brazos Presbytery. 

The report from Queens College was read and referred 
to the Committee on Schools and Colleges. 

Rev. R. S. Latimer was granted a letter of dismission to 
Harmony Presbytery, and the clerk was directed to wire 
same. 

Rev. W. S. Hamiter was granted permission to labor out 
of the bounds of the Presbytery until the next meeting of 
Presbytery. 

The report of Rev. W. S. Hamiter, commissioner to the 
General Assembly was received and he was commended for 
his diligence. 

A letter from the Christian Observer relative to Church 
paper week was read, received as information and the 
churches of the Presbytery were urged to observe Church 
paper week November 4 to 11. 

A report from the Trustees of Presbytery was read, re- 
ceived and their request for $50.00 was granted to be paid 
as soon as the funds are available. 

Presbytery of Mecklenburg, 

Mecklenburg County, 

Chalotte, N. C. 

Gentlemen : L 

Your Trustees beg to report : 

We met in executive session October 10, 1928, at the office of the 
Industrial Loan & hivestment Bank, Charlotte, N. C. 

On motion Mr. J. Lee Choate was chosen Chairman of the Board and 
H. C. Alexander, Secretary. 

We obtained much valuable information from Rev. A. A. Walker as 



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to the Stanley Hall property and also took cognizance of the property in 
Rockingham left to the Presbytery by the late W. R. Coppedge. 

Owing to the tangled condition of the Stanley Hall property, your 
Trustees request an appropriation of $50 to cover the cost of ferreting out 
and adjusting errors and discrepancies that may have occurred in the 



handling of the property. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. LEE CHOATE, Chairman, 
HUNTER MARSHALL, JR., 
H. C. ALEXANDER, 

Trustees for Mecklenburg Presbytery. 
By H. C. ALEXANDER, Secretary. 

The report of the commission to install Rev. E. A. Dil- 
lard was adopted : 

INSTALLATION OF REV. E. A. DILLARD 

The commission appointed to install the Rev. E. A. Dillard as pastor 
of Tenth Avenue Church met at the church, Sunday evening, October 
21, 1928, at 7:30. Constituted with prayer. 

Those present were Dr. W. H. Frazer, Dr. C. W. Sommerville, 
Elder W. H. Belk and Rev. B. F. Yandell. Dr. Frazer presided, preached 
the sermon and propounded the constitutional questions ; Rev. B. F. Yan- 
dell charged the pastor, and Dr. Sommerville charged the congregation. 

Mr. Dillard was duly installed as pastor and he pronounced the 
benediction. 

DR. W. H. FRAZER, Moderator. 
B. F. YANDELL, Sec'y. for Com. 

The Committee on Evangelism rendered its report which 
was adopted. Pending the adoption, Dr. W. B. Mcllwaine 
conducted a conference on evangelism as ordered by Pres- 
bytery. 

COMMITTEE ON EVANGELISM 

Our hearts are made glad by the many evidences of the power of the 
Holy Spirit in our evangelistic meetings during the first half of the church 
year. The reports that have come to us not only show a large increase m 
church membership through these meetings, but also indicate an increasing- 
interest in evangelism on the part of the churches, and a more systematic 
effort to make the evangelistic meetings more effective and worthwhile. 

Under the instructions of the Presbytery to "function throughout the 
Presbytery" your committee sent out self-addressed report cards to all 
the churches, with the request that these be filled out and mailed promptly. 
The response has been most gratifying. And your committee would ex- 
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of the results of your meetings, and to present them to Presbytery for its 
consideration. 

Your committee received 62 reports from the churches ; 48 meetings 
were held over a period of 438 days ; resulting in 365 professions oi faith ; 
254 additions to the Presbyterian Church by profession ; and 64 by letter ; 
making a total of 318 additions to the Church. At the Spring meeting of 
Presbytery, 27 assignments to meetings were made. Thirteen meetings 
were held by those assigned ; six held by others than those assigned ; and 
eight were either not held, or not reported. Of the 14 reports where no 
meeting has been held, some churches are planning to hold m^eetings later ; 
while others are substituting the personal evangelistic carnpaign in the 
place of the usual meeting. 

We believe that the personal evangelistic campaign is worthy of the 
consideration of all our churches. It may be that this method of evangti- 
lism will help solve the problem of reaching those who do not hear the 
preacher's message, and of giving the church membership an actual and 
definite part in evangelistic service. Nevertheless, we believe that as far 
as possible, the churches should engage in special seasons of specific evange- 
listic efifort, in which the Word of God may be preached, and the thoughts 
and prayers of the Church, as a whole, concentrated toward the seeking of 
the lost, and the edifying of the Church. 

To this end we recommend : 

l.That if practicable a series of evangelistic meetings be held in every 
church of the Presbytery at least once a year. 

2. That we call upon all our people to offer prayer in behalf of these 
meetings ; and that God may richly bless the churches where meetings are 
being held, the pastors, and the men conducting them. 

A. A. WALKER, Chairman. 

The report of the Committee on Stewardship was 
adopted. 

REPORT OF THE STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE 

The Stewardship Committee of the Presbytery makes the following 
report : 

The amount apportioned to Mecklenburg Presbytery by the Synod of 
North Carolina at its Fall session of 1928 for the Benevolent Causes of 
the Assembly, Synod and Presbytery combined, for the fiscal year begin- 
ning April 1, 1929, is $220,000, which is an increase of $22,103 over the 
apportionment for the preceding year, which was $197,897. 

According to the Statistical Report from- this Presbytery to the Gen- 
eral Assembly for the last fiscal year, the Benevolent gifts from this 
Presbytery for all causes (exclusive of Congregational Home Missions and 
Miscellaneous Contributions) amounted to $206,967. A similar report for 
the preceding year showed like Benevolences amounting to $237,257, indi- 
cating a decline in such gifts of $30,320 for the last fiscal year as compared 
with the year previous. However, from the Five Year Comparative Sum- 



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mary of Contributions for Benevolences published in the back of the Pres- 
byterial Minutes for the Fall session of 1927, it appears that this Presby- 
tery's Benevolent gifts for the year which ended March 31, 1926, amounted 
to $186,055. So that the gain in Benevolent gifts for the fiscal year just 
passed over that which closed March 31, 1926 (the third year back) was 
$20,912. 

The Benevolent Causes suffering a loss on account of the above men- 
tioned decline are as follows : 

Foreign Missions, $7,537; Assembly's Home Missions, $4,248; Bible 
Cause, $195. Publication and S. S. Work and Assembly's Training School 
showed slight gains. The net loss in gifts to the Assembly's Causes for 
last year as compared to the previous year was $11,678. 

The decline in the amount of contributions to Synod's causes was as 
follows: Synod's Home Missions, $1,307; Orphans' Home, $9,172; Edu- 
cational Institutions, $10,096. Presbytery's Home Missions showed an 
increase of $1,971. The net decrease in gifts to the Synodical and Pres- 
byterial Causes, therefore, for the last fiscal year as compared to the one 
just before it was $18,613. 

The total amount subscribed for all Benevolent Causes in the last 
Every Member Canvass was $26,696 less than that for the preceding year. 
In the preceding year, the total amount subscribed for Benevolences for 
all purposes fell short of the Synod's apportionment to the Presbytery only 
$3,140, whereas in the Canvass in March, 1928, the amount of the sub- 
scriptions was short of the apportionment for Benevolences by $51,978. 

From information coming to the Committee, there is reason to fear 
that a number of the churches of the Presbytery are backward this year 
in making good subscriptions given in the last Every Member Canvass, 
and the Committee feels that it behooves such churches to bestir themselves 
in carrying out their obligations. 

Recommendations 

1st. That the Benevolent Askings of the Presbytery for the year 
beginning April 1, 1929, amounting to $220,000, be adopted, and that the 
Stewardship Committee be authorized to prorate this amount between the 
churches of the Presbytery and when so prorated the same to be printed 
and attached in the back of the Minutes of the Fall meeting of the Presby- 
tery, as heretofore, and that all the churches be urged to present such 
amounts as shall be apportioned to them as the minimum to be raised for 
the Benevolent Causes. 

2nd. That the per centum for distribution of the Benevolent Funds 
for the year beginning April 1, 1929, be the same as now obtains, viz : 

Per Cent. 

Foreign Missions 33.3 

Assembly's Home Missions 16. 

Christian Education and Ministerial Relief 7.5 

Publication and Sabbath School Wrk 2. 

Assembly's Training School .6 

Bible Cause .6 

.60% 



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Synod's Home Missions 7.5 

Barium Springs 7.5 

Schools and Colleges 8.7 

Union Theological Seminary 1.3 

Presbytery's Home Missions .: 15. 

.40% 

Total 1007r 

3rd. That March 10', 1929, be the date set for the Every Member 
Canvass ior the next fiscal year, in accordance with the recommendation 
of the Assembly ; that the week preceding the date of the Canvass be 
devoted to prayer and the instruction of the congregation in the great 
needs and o-pportunities in our Home and Foreign fields ; that every 
church, if possible, hold special services each night of the week preceding 
the day of the Canvass, and that special programs relating to some pait 
of our Benevolent Work be presented at these services by some organi- 
zation of the church ; that every church endeavor to have each of its 
members make subscriptions both to the Benevolent Causes and to the 
Current Expense Budget of the Church ; that full reports of the Canvass 
be made to the Presbytery at the Spring meeting. 

4th, That the second Monday in February, 1929, be appointed as a 
Day of Prayer by the Presbytery, when it shall meet at the First Presby- 
terian Church, Charlotte, at 11 o'clock a. m., for the purpo-se of prayer to 
God for His guidance and blessing upon the work of His Church at large 
and upon that committed to this Presbytery, and that He may lead us into 
a larger and more faithful service in every department of His work, in- 
cluding the preparation for and carrying out of the Every Member Can- 
vass, and that Moderator appoint some one to conduct this service. 

5th. That a sum not exceeding $100 be allowed for necessary ex- 
penses incident to the conduct of the office of Presbyterial Secretary of 
Stewardship, to be paid by the Presbyterial Treasurer out of the Tax 
Fund, on statement furnished by the Secretary of Stewardship. 

6th. That a Comparative Summary for the past five years be again 
published in the Fall Minutes of the Presbytery, showing the number of 
ministers, candidates, churches, conversions, communicants, Sunday School 
enrollment, family altars, tithers, values of church and manse property, 
and indebtedness thereon ; contributions to the various causes for Benevo- 
lences, as well as for current expenses and building purposes ; Benevolent 
Askings during this five-year period and subscriptions thereto and for 
current expenses. 

7th, That each of the churches of the Presbytery be urged to observe 
strictly the percentages adopted by the Synod and by the Presbytery for 
the distribution of its Benevolent funds in order that each of the Benevo- 
lent causes may receive the amount anticipated forthat cause and upon 
which its maintenance to that extent depends. 

Respectfully submitted, 

S. B. McLEAN, Secretary oi Stewardship. 

Order was set for Foreign Missions at 7:30 p. m. 



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The Ad Interim Committee on Amendments to Book of 
Church Order made a report, which was adopted : 

AMENDMENTS TO BOOK OF CHURCH ORDER 
ON JUDICIAL COMMISSIONS 

Your Ad Interim Committee appointed at the last Stated meeting of 
Presbytery to consider and make recommendation on the Amendments 
to Book Order sent down by the 1928 Assembly, would respectfully 
report as follows : 

Your Committee would recommend the adoption by the Presbytery 
of all these proposed amendments, copy o£ which is hereto attached. 

(Signed) C. H. ROWAN, Chairman. 

The report of the commission to organize a church at 
Midway was read and adopted: 

ORGANIZATION OF MIDWAY CHURCH 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg, 118th Stated Session, Candor Church, 
October 23, 1928: 

The Commission heretofore appointed by the Presbytery to organize 
a church in the Midway mill community, west of Rockingham, makes the 
following report : 

At 3 :00 o'clock p. m., on July 29, 1928, the commission, composed of 
Rev. A. A. Walker as Chairman, Rev. T. M. Stribling and Rev. W. G. 
Thomas, and Ruling Elders H. T. Baldwin, K. M. Mclnnis, J. H. McRae 
and F. L. Pickett, met at the Midway Community Church at an appointed 
afternoon service. Rev. W. G. Thomas acting as Secretary, The commis- 
sion was constituted with prayer by Rev. W. T. Smith. 

After the singing of a hymn and the invocation by Rev. A. A. 
Walker, Rev. W. G. Thomas preached a sermon from the text, I Chron- 
icles 11 :10. Following the sermon the chairman of the commission made 
a brief recital of the previous proceedings of the Presbytery preparatory 
to the service. Then the persons already church members were received 
by letter and by statement. The applicants for admission to the church 
on profession of faith in Christ were examined and received. The number 
received into the church by letter, statement and on profession of faith 
was 20. 

The Covenant prescribed in the Book of Church Order was proposed 
by the chairman to the congregation and it was entered affirmatively, with 
uplifted hand. Declaration was then made by the chairman that they con- 
stituted a chjUrch according to the Word of God and the faith and order 
of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. 

It was declared desirable to elect Elders and Deacons. Steps were 
taken according to the Book of Church Order. J. E. McRae and A. S. 
Ormsby were elected Elders, and Scott Brigman and L. W. McCaskill 
were elected Deacons. The questions for examination and ordination and 



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installation prescribed in the Book of Church Order were then proposed by 
the chairman to the candidates, and being answered in the affirmative, the 
usual question to the congregation was then proposed and affirmative 
answer was given. The candidates were then set apart to the offices of 
Elders and Deacons, with prayer by the chairman and laying on of the 
hands of the Presbjiiery, according to the apostolic example, after which 
the chairman and other members of the Presbviery extended the right 
hand of fellowship. Declaration was then made that they had been 
elected, ordained and installed to their offices, agreeably to the Word of 
God, and according to the Constitution of the Presb3l:erian Church in the 
United States. 

A charge to the officers and congregation was then delivered by Rev. 
T. M. Stribling. Action was taken to secure the regular ministration of 
the Word. The church was named Midway. The service was closed with 
the benediction by Rev. A. A, Walker. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. G. THOMAS. Secretary. 

Rev. R. J. Mclhvaine was appointed to audit the books 
of the Committee on Christian Education. 

Recess was taken until 7 p. m. 

EVENING SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened, the order being- Foreign Mis- 
sions Dr. E. G. Gammon was asked to preside. The report 
of the Foreign Mission Committee was read. Pending its 
adoption, Rev. Lacy L. Little, D.D., of China, Moderator 
of the Synod, delivered a most excellent Foreign Mission 
address. The report with its recommendation was adopted. 
Presbytery was led in prayer for the Foreign Mission 
Work by the Moderator. 

FOREIGN MISSION REPORT 

Your Committee submits the following- report pending the adoption 
of which request is made that Dr. Lacy Little, of our China Mission force. 
be heard : 

From our Committee at Nashville there is still rejoicing over the 
gifts of the Church for the past year— $1,663,000. Of this amount $125,- 
000 was donated for part payment of the China situation due to the civil 
war. The balance paid the year's expenses and reduced the deficit from 
$290,000 to $132. Nor did' this interfere with the churches' gifts to 
other causes. 

For the present year the news is not so bright. According to the last 
word from Dr. E. W. Smith, we are $27,000 behind our receipts up to 



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September 1st for 1927, and $56,000 behind our receipts for the same 
period of 1926. 

There is no special word concerning the various countries in which we 
have our missions other than the account of the splendid labor of our 
workers who struggle patiently on in their respective places. The single 
exception has to do with China. The news from that country is to the 
effect that the situation is clearing. According to one missionary, "The 
evangelistic opportunity is greater than ever before." 

Upon the request of the Committee we urge this recommendation : 

That Presbytery engage in special prayer that the missionary spirit 
of our Lord may be richly poured, out upon the ministers and members 
that the foreign work of our Church may advance and the appeals for rein- 
forcements from Africa, Brazil, Japan, Korea, and Mexico, be met. 

EDGAR G. GAMMON, Chairman. 

Rev. J. M. Walker was appointed to conduct the devo- 
tional exercises Wednesday morning. 

The report of the Presbytery's Home Mission Commit- 
tee was read and referred to the Standing Committee on 
Home Missions. 

The Commitee on the Assembly's Minutes rendered the 
following report which was adopted: 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ASSEMBLY'S MINUTES 

This Committee would announce that it's Chairman has for the first 
time in his life gone from beginning to end of the Assembly's Minutes. 

We find many things of interest, the mo^re important of which for 
this Presbytery come before the body through other channels. We call 
attention to the fact that Mecklenburg's overture that our Church cease 
correspondence with the United Presbyterian Church relative to organic 
union, was answered in the negative. Again the Presb^^teries are ordered, 
not urged to "collect and pay" one cent per member for the support of the 
Historical Foundation. All ministers are urged to familiarize themselves 
with the principles and details of this proposed Annuity Plan. 

Strange as it may seem, the new Directory for Worship was endorsed 
almo'St unanimously by the Presbyteries, but was referred back to the -:\d 
Interim' Committee on Optional Forms, to be brought before the Assembly 
of 1929 for final action. 

The report of the Committee on Christian Education urges many 
resolutions on the churches. The Committee on Bills and Overtures hands 
down a number of decisions that should delight our ecclesiastical lawyers. 
There is a half-page of "Special Days and Weeks," that take up a great 
part of our year's work. By elimination we can get a few good dates for 
our own programs. 

To sum up our report in much seriousness. This record of the work 
of the Assembly relates in every page to the work of our Presbytery and 



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our individual churches. It deserves a careful study by every pastor, that 
he may carry on our work intelligently. 

For the Committee, 

WM. B. McILWAINE, JR., Chairman. 

The report on Presbyterial Tax Assessment was read, 
approved and the recommendations adopted : 

COMMITTEE ON ASSESSMENTS 

The following churches have not paid their Presbyterial Tax for 
year 1927-28: Allen, Bethany, Camden, Indian Trail, Lee Park, Liles- 
ville, Stevenson, Tenth Avenue, Unionville, Walkersville, Marshville, 
Midland, Morgan Memorial. North Charlotte, Oakboro, Peachland, Polk- 
ton, Rehoboth, Salem, Seversville, Six-Mile Creek, Siler, and Stanfield. 

With reference to the report of the Committee on Assessments dock- 
eted by Spring meeting oif Presbytery for consideration at this Fall meet- 
ing, which report is as follows : 

1. That the Presbyterial assessment for the year beginning 
April 1, 1928, be reduced from 22 cents per capita to 17 cents per capita. 

2. In interest O'f Presbyterial economy we would recommend that 
the Minutes of the Presbytery be printed only once a year instead of the 
present custom of twice a year. 

We would recommend : 

L That the Presbyterial tax be reduced to 20 cents per capita. 

2. That the Minutes be printed twice a year as hitherto. 
Respectfully submitted, 

W. B. S. CHANDLER, Chairman. 

Presbytery instructed the pastors and ruling elders rep- 
resenting churches hot having paid their Presbyterial tax 
to bring the matter to the attention of their churches and 
that this tax be paid as soon as possible. 

The report on Leadership Training was adopted : 

REPORT ON LEADERSHIP TRAINING 

Your Sub-committee on Religious Education having charge of the 
Leadership Training Work of the Presbytery, begs to report as follows : 

L In carrying out your reco^mmendations of last year j^our Com- 
mittee employed four ladies from the Assembly's Training School to 
conduct Daily Vacation Bible Schools and Teacher Training work. These 
yo'ung ladies began their work June 4th and continued for 12 weeks. Each 
team of two ladies conducted six schools, making a total of 12 schools 
in all. These schools were conducted in the following churches : 

Huntersville, West Avenue, St. Paul, The Plaza, Mulberry, Hamlet, 
Troy, Amity, Ellerbe, Central Steele Creek, Wadeville, Sugaw Creek. 



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FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Receipts 

W. E. Price, from Home Missions Treasury $300:00 

J. G. Garth, from P'resbyterial Tax 400.00 

Sale of Books 11.40 

Free-will offerings 52.04 

Total Receipts $763.^4 

Expenditures 

Salaries $547.50 

Books and Supplies 67.53 

Traveling Expenses of Workers > 94.85 

Postage, etc. 2.50 

$712.43 
Balance on hand 51.01 

Recom men datio ns 

We recommend : 

1. That all churches of the Presbytery which can possibly do so, 
put on these D. V. B. S. and Teacher Training Classes. 

2. That Presbytery continue their support of the work as before in 
the weaker churches of the Presbytery. That four workers from our 
Assembly Training School be employed. That $300 be appropriated from 
Presbytery's Tax Fund and the same amount from the Home Mission 
Committee, the remainder of the amount needed to come from the Rich- 
mond Committee and from free-will offerings where the work is done. 

3. That teachers and prospective teachers of our Sunday Schools 
be urged to take advantage of the Training Qasses conducted by the 
teachers from the Training School, and that they attend the Teacher 
Training School which begins at First Presbyterian Church, Sunday 
afternoon, October 28th. 

Respectfully submitted, 

P. W. WILSON. 

The report on the Bible Cause was read and with its 
recommendations adopted : 

THE BIBLE CAUSE 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg : 

Your Committee on the Bible Cause submits the following report : 

The American Bible Society has rounded out 112 years of valuable 
service to the Church and to the Kingdom. We are of the opinion that 
our people have failed to visualize the great work which this Society is 
doing. We would more fully appreciate the fact that the American Bible 



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Society is the servant o^f the Church in translating the Scriptures into 
some 850 languages and dialetcs and in distributing millions of copies in 
whole or in part in all countries of the world. During these 112 years it 
has published and circulated 194,000,000 volumes. Last year all previous 
records as to production were broken when more than 10.000,000 volumes 
were printed. The Society could say with John Wesley, "The world is my 
parish." It is the right hand oi all missionary enterprises at home and 
abroad. While it supplies the foreign nations of the world with millions 
of copies of Scripture it is not unmindful of the strangers within our 
gates. Last year it distributed the Scriptures in 108 languages^ here in our 
own country. 

The budget of the Society for the year amounts to $1,345,000. It is 
estimated that $800,000 of this amount will come from the sale of Bibles, 
from rents, and from endowments. It will have to look to the vario'US 
churches and to individual donors for the remaining $545,000. During 
the year 1927 the various churches contributed about $212,000. Our own 
Church gave $19,592 of the $28,282 we were asked to give. We carried 
only about two^-thirds of our part of the financial burden. According to 
the Assembly's Minutes this was the smallest amount we have given since 
1919. 

Since 1921 each year has sho>wn a decrease in gifts from all denomi- 
nations over the previous year, except in 1926, v/hen a small increase was 
shown; and this has taken place in the face of the steadily increasing 
needs of the Society. Only by using certain funds previously set aside by 
the Board of Managers, and by borrowing $30,000, was the work of last 
year made possible. Should we not more adequately support this Society 
which for 112 years has given itself to the wider distribution of the Bible 
for the sake of the spiritual life O'f all mankind ? 

Recommenclations 

1. That Presbytery requests ministers and churches to call the atten- 
tion of their people to the fact that the American Bible Society is always 
ready to co-operate in every possible way to promote the circulation of the 
Bible. 

2. That all churches oi Presbytery be urged to give to the American 
Bible Society the full amount that is due this cause. As there is no one 
to keep this cause constantly before the churches, it is likely to be over- 
looked. 

3. That Sunday, December 2, 1928, be observed as Bible Sunday in 
all our churches, and that on this day our ministers inform^ their people 
about the great work the Society is doing. The topic for Bible Sunday 
this year is "Sowing the Seed of the Kingdom." 

THE COMMITTEE, 

S. B. LYERLY, Chairman. 

J. W. STORK. 

H. Q. ALEXANDETi. 

The report of the Committee on Nominations was 
adopted. (See Directory in the covers). 

After prayer led by Rev. C. H. Rowan Presbytery ad- 
journed until 9 a. m. Wednesday. 



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WEDNESDAY MORNING SESSION 

Presbytery reconvened at 9 a. m. Wednesday, October 
24th. Devotional exercises were conducted by Rev. J. M. 
Walker. 

The minutes of Tuesday's session were read and ap- 
proved. 

The report of the Committee on Christian Education 
and Ministerial Relief was adopted as amended: 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

Your Committee of Christian Education beg leave to make the follow- 
ing report : 

We have on our roll 21 Candidates for the Ministry, most of whom 
are in school doing satisfactory work. B. F. Brown, F. J. Knox, W. B. 
McSwain, H. A. Gibbert and H. T. Rumage are in Davidson College; 
J. Marshall Smith is in King College ; J. M. Davis is in Presbyterian 
College of S. C. ; J. D. Withrow, Jr., is in Hampden-Sidney College ; 
J. H. Caligan and M. R. Mo^ss are in Union Seminary; H. W. Alexander 
and E. E. Houghton are in Kentucky Seminary; E. T. Lothery, P. P. 
Thrower, T. F. Wallace and J. A. Mclntyre are in Columbia Seminary. 

Guy Weeks is engaged in Y. M. C. A. work at Petersburg, Va. He 
reports that he hopes to go back to school next year.. 

Jack Hand is working in Charlotte. His father is dead and he is 
helping to support his family. C. L. Norwood is teaching. F. J. Hutchin- 
son is working in Rockingham. John Murray Smith is working and does 
not know whether he will be able to go back to school. He reports that he 
hopes to be able to complete his course some time in the future. W. E. 
Love was working at Flamlet when your Chairman heard from him last. 

We make the following recommendations : 

(1) That the Committee of Christian Education and Ministerial 
Relief at Louisville be requested to make the following appropriations : 
To J. H. Caligan, J. M. Davis, H. A. Gilbert, E. F. Lothery, W. E. 
McSwain, H. T. Ramage, P. P. Thrower and T. F. Wallace, $125 each; 
to C. K. Pool, $75, and to J. D. Withrow, $100'. 

(2) When the Presbytery shall have been unable for two years to 
get a communication from any of its Candidates for the Ministry, the 
names of such Candidates shall be automatically dropped from the roll of 
Candidates for the Alinistry. 

J. W. GRIER, Chairman. 

Report of Committee on Presbytery's Minutes was 
adopted. The clerk was directed to have the minutes print- 
ed in chronological order. It was also ordered that an in- 
dex be added to the minutes : 



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PRESBYTERY'S MINUTES 

Your Committee on Presbytery's Minutes beg to report that the 
records of Presbytery have been well kept and we find nothing special io 
report. 

B. FRANK YANDELL, Chairman. 
E. A. DILLARD. 
JOE D. WOODSIDE. 

The report of the Committee on Nominations was re- 
considered, and the name of Mrs. C. C. Hook was substi- 
tuted for that of Dr. A. A. McGeachey, deceased. 

The hour of adjournment was moved from 10:30 to 
10:40, to hear Dr. Frazer for 15 minutes. 

Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., spoke on Queens College. 

Presbytery by rising vote, expressed sympathetic in- 
terest in the institution and urged all the churches of the 
Presbytery who have not already done so to invite Dr. 
Frazer to speak to them in the interest of the college. 

Recess was taken until 11 a. m. 

SESSION AT MACEDONIA CHURCH 

Presbytery reconvened in Macedonia Church at 11:00 
a. m. The Ad Interim Committee appointed "to consider 
the matter of certain literature published and advertised by 
the Presbyterian Committee of Publication," asked for an 
extension of time which was granted. 

An adjourned meeting was set for 2:00 p. m., December 
3rd, in the First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. 

The report of the Treasurer was adopted : 

TREASURER'S REPORT 

The Treasurer would report that there is a balance O'f $205.12 in the 
treasury. 

The Clerk has paid $100 of the Synod's Tax of %21i^.^(i, leaving a 
balance of $135.66 to be paid. 

The Treasurer of Benevolences is still due his salary of $100. 

The Assembly's claim for a tax for the Historical Commission at 
Montreat of one cent for each member, about $157, has never been or- 
dered paid. 



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The balance in the treasury will be necessary for minutes and other 
expenses. It is hoped that delinquent churches will come to the relief of 
the Presbj^ery. 

J. G. GARTH. 

The Committee on Sabbath Observance and Family Re- 
ligion submitted the report which was adopted as amended : 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE SABBATH AND 
FAMILY RELIGION 

If we should have a text for this report we would use the potent 
words : "If the foundations are destroyed, what shall the righteous do." As 
the result in large measure of the great war, the back-wash so-called, the 
very depths of our social customs have been broken up and our moral 
and spiritual foundations seriously menaced. Because the organized forces 
of evil saw the Sabbath Day and almost every other commandment set 
aside to gain the war, they have become obsessed with the thought that 
nothing is inviolate. That nothing shall be able to withstand the onslaught 
of their forces against the forces of righteousness, not even the home and 
the Sabbath Day. The abandon and dare-devil courage developed by the 
war, their insatiable greed, have been turned loose upon the moral and 
spiritual foundations of our country — our Christian institutions and great 
reforms, and they battle with a grim determination and assurance of suc- 
cess born of the pit itself. Three things are especially attacked by them 
at this time: The home, the Sabbath Day and the great moral "and eco- 
nomic reform, the prohibition of the liquor traffic, that great enemy of 
the home. It is the same forces of evil which are attacking all along i-he 
line, and our only hope is to put on the whole armour and fight for our 
lives and our institutions. 

In the spirit of our forefathers who established our government and 
planted the Christian Church in the wilderness of the new world, we must 
work and fight and pray and never give up the struggle since we are 
assured of final success. 

We recommend that the offering for Protestant Relief and the Lord's 
Day Alliance be taken upon the fourth Sabbath of October, the day set 
apart by the General Assembly. 

R. J. McILWAIN, 
For the Committee. 

Dr. C. R. Nisbet was reappointed to preach the Presby- 
terlai sermon. 

Presbytery continued business and postponed the ser- 
mon until the afternoon session. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORK 

The Ad Interim Committee on Young People's Work 
submitted a report which was amended and adopted and is 
as follows : 



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Whereas, the Synod's program for Young People's Work is prac- 
tically limited to the Davidson Conference ; 

Whereas, the majority of Presbyterian Young People are to some 
extent affiliated with the Christian Endeavor organization ; 

Whereas, attending a Christian Endeavor Convention entails* consid- 
erable expense upon our young people ; 

Therefore, Mecklenburg Presbytery earnestly requests, recommends 
and urges the Board of Managers of the Davidson Conference : 

First. To recognize the fact that a very large number of its student 
body are Christian Endeavorers, 

Second. To include in the curriculum an optional course in Christian 
Endeavor Methods. 

Third. That one evening's session be given over to Presbyterian 
Christian Endeavor Societies for the launching of their program for the 
year. 

The Young People's Work Committee was granted per- 
mission to promote a Presbyterial Conference next summer, 
and authority to request Queens College property for use of 
this Conference. 

Rev. V. R. Gaston, of Fayetteville Presbytery was in- 
troduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother. 

Presbytery took recess for lunch to reconvene at the 
call of the Moderator. 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 

Presbytery reconvened at 1 :45. 

The Judicial Committee reported that no matters had 
come into its hands. 

The report of the Standing Committee on Home Mis- 
sions submitted its report which was adopted : 

HOME MISSIONS 

Your Standing Committee on Home Missions would make the fol- 
lowing report : 

We have examined the report of the Executive Committee of Home 
Missions and wish to commend the Committee for its splendid report. 
We would endorse the report and recommend its adoption with all the 
recommendations. 

Q. N. HUNNEYCUTT, Chairman. 



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REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF HOME MISSIONS 

The Executive Committee of Home Missions submits the following 
report for the first half of the Church year : 

Your Committee rejoices in the progress that is being made in Home 
Mission labors. Good work is being done in practically every field under 
the care of this Committee. The men are faithful, and some most encour- 
aging reports are coming in. Moreover, the churches are supporting this 
work with a greater liberality than ever before ; and it is being sent in 
with a regularity that is to be most heartily commended. It saves us the 
necessity of borrowing at the bank to pay the workers, and wondering all 
the year long whether or not we are going to have enough to meet our 
expenses in the end. I speak for the whole Committee when I say the 
liberal contributions to this work is changing the whole character of the 
work for those in charge. Having gotten out from under the staggermg 
debt which we inherited a few years ago, we are now able to do some real 
constructive Home Mission work, and to do it with some pleasure. 

In this year's work here are some of the things that are most encour- 
aging things that prove to us that the work is well worthwhile. 

Evangelism 

Reports from the various fields show that there has been a large in- 
crease in membership. During the summer there have been 173 profes- 
sions of faith. 121 of whom united with our Church. In addition 97 have 
been received by letter. This is a lar^r number than was reported for 
the whole of last year. Thirty-one meetings have been held, and the large 
majority O'f those coming into the Church on profession of faith came 
through the meetings ; to be exact, 117 out of the 121. For this reason we 
are led to believe that the men should put more emphasis on Evangelism 
in their weekly preaching. 

Conference of the Home Mission Men 

A conference of the Home Mission workers was held in the Caldwell 
Memorial Church, Charlotte, on June 26th, lasting all day. The time was 
taken up in a discussion of the practical problems of the field. It resulted 
in a better understanding of our common task, and a more wholehearted 
co-operation on the part of all concerned. The Caldwell Memorial Church 
furnished delightful entertainment for the conference, and the ladies of 
the church provided special entertainment in the afternoon for the wives 
of the Home Mission men. In all it was a most delightful day, and so 
profitable that the workers voted unanimously to hold such another con- 
ference next year, the place being Morven, and the time set, the second 
Tuesday of June. 

New Church 

A new church has been organized at Midway, in one of the suburbs of 
Rockingham. They are using a church building erected by the company 
owning the mill at that place, but our church has sole use of it. The 
organization of this church grew out of a great revival meeting held at 
this place this summer by Rev. W. T. Smith, pastor at Bethel and Cor- 



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nelius churches. Mr. Smith has been greatly blessed in a number of meet- 
ings which he has held this year. Rev. T. M. Stribling is temporarily 
supplying this church. We have a recommendation touching its grouping. 

New Buildings 

The new church at Euto is not complete, but they have reached the 
point where they can use it. It should be completed before the winter 
is over. 

The churches at Peachland and Polkton plan to begin immediately the 
erection of a manse for their pastor, M, B. Prince, a Senior at Columbia 
Seminary, who comes to them as their pastor in the spring. 

The Marston group of churches is in sore need of a manse. This is 
one of the most promising fields in all our Home Mission work; but it has 
this handicap. Plans are being laid by which one may be secured. Your 
Committee will have to help them in this work. 

The North Charlotte Church has secured a beautiful new lot, the 
gift of Mr. C. W. Johnson, out on the car line, an ideal spot for a church, 
and they no'W plan to sell their old church and build a new one at this new 
location, costing about $10,000. This church is making rapid progress 
under their energetic leader. Rev, A. F. Doty, the new pastor. Your 
Committee is helping quite liberally with this work. 

The church at Troy, under the leadership of their pastor, W, C, 
Copeland, is leaving no stone unturned that they may secure the funds to 
complete their much needed new building. We sincerely hope this will be 
an accomplished fact before another meeting of Presbytery, As a Pres- 
bytery we have played with this important piece of work all too long 
already. 

Supplies 

During the summer the following Supplies have been used : 

Pageland Group — M. R. Moss, a Junior at Union Seminary. 

Pblkton Group — M. B, Prince, a Middler at Solumbia Seminary. 

Moirven Group — J. S. McFall, a Middler at Columbia, 

Marston Group — J, A, Mclntyre, who entered Columbia as a Junior 
this fall. 

Assistant to J, W. Stork at Mt. Gilead and Norwood— T, F, Wallace, 
a Middler at Columbia. 

Oakboro Groups — S. T, Harvin, a Middler from Columbia. 

Vacant Groups 

The return of student supplies to the Seminaries leaves the following 
groups vacant : Roberdel, Brainard, and Cameronian (this group is being 
temporarily supplied by Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine) ; Marston, Marks Creek, 
Rourks Chapel, McLean Memorial ; Oakboro, Locust and Stanfield ; Page- 



32 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



land, Beulah and Salem. The Polkton group and the Morven group are 
being supplied by the students from Columbia who supplied them the past 
two summers. These churches will call these students in May, and they 
have agreed to accept the calls when Oiffered. 

The Home Mission work is in sore need O'f two good men to take the 
vacant groups in Richmond County. In fact we need three men for those 
fields, thus enabling us to make an additional group out of that crowded 
work. It should be mentioned here that the laymen of the churches of 
Richmond County are working out a scheme whereby the vacant churches 
in the county can have regular services in the absence of the pastor, and 
the men are responding most nobly to the call. 

Receipts from the churches up to the present this year amount to 
$8,000. That together with a balnce on hand to begin the year with of 
$3,500, has enabled your Committee to pay all expenses up to date, leaving 
a small working balance of about $500 on hand with which to begin the 
second half of the year. * 

Recommendations 

Your Committee offers the following recommendations : 

1. That the new church at Midway be grouped with Roberdel, Carn- 
eronian, and Brainard. 

2. Supplies be granted as follows : Tabernacle and Waxhaw, C. E. 
White ; Unionville, Bethlehem, and Midland, T. R. Alexander ; Baden and 
Palestine, A. S. Anderson; Six-Mile Greek (temporarily), T. F. Grier ; 
Peachland and Polkton, M. B. Prince, student supply ; Morven, Lilesville, 
and Camden, J. S. McFall, student supply. 

3. In view of the vital importance of Home Missions in the building 
up of the Kingdom of God both at home and abroad; and in view of the 
many urgent calls that are constantly coming to the Committee to aid in 
building needy churches and manses in addition to the supporting of an 
ever enlarging work (We now have 51 churches under our care), Presby- 
tery urges each church in the Presbytery to do its best to pay in full its 
apportionment to Presbytery's Home Missions, namely, 15 per cent of the 
total budget. 

J. M. WALKER, Chairman. 

The following report of the Committee on Leave of Ab- 
sence was adopted: 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg : 

Your Committee on Leave of Absence would submit the following 
report : 

Rev. C. W. Sommerville, Rev. J. A. McQueen, Rev. A. S. Johnson 
and Rev. W. P. Chedester were excused from this meeting of Presbytery. 

Rev. J. A. Calligan and Elders G. A. McRae, of the Midway Church ; 



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C A. Bland, of the Wadesboro Church, and Elder John Kuck, of Amity- 
Church, were excused after the Tuesday afternoon session. 
Respectfully submitted, 

T. M. STRIBLING, Chairman. 

Rev. W. P. Chedester was given permission to labor out- 
side bounds of Presbytery until spring meeting of Presby- 
tery. 

Rev. R. A. McLeod, of Fayetteville Presbytery was in- 
troduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother. 

The Committee on Thanks submitted a report which was 
adopted by Presbytery with a rising vote. 

The invitation of Steele Creek Church was accepted for 
the spring meeting of Presbytery on April 9, 1929, at 8 p. m. 

Miss Katie B. Pridgen, superintendent of the Albemarle 
Normal and Industrial Institute was given the privileges of 
the floor and spoke in regard to the Institute. 

Presbytery recorded its pleasure upoii hearing Miss 
Pridgen. 

The Committee on Calls and Supplies submitted the fol- 
lowing report which was adopted. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CALLS AND SUPPLIES 

The Committee recommends : 

1. That the request for M. E. Peabody to continue to supply Newell 
Church until next meeting of Presbytery be granted. 

2. That the request of Mallard Creek Church for the privilege of 
employing Dr. W. H. Frazer as stated supply until next meeting of Pres- 
bytery be granted. 

P. W. WILSON, Chairman. 

Presbytery voted to co-operate with the Assembly's 
Historical Foundation in Montreat by depositing our 
records with the Foundation and pay the tax levied on Pres- 
bytery by the Assembly for the support of this Foundation. 

Rev. J. G. Garth presented the Presbyterian Standard. 

The Committee on Revising Presbytery's Manual was 
continued. 

The Minutes of Wednesday's sessions were read and 
approved. 

The calling of he roll was dispensed with and after sing- 
ing a hymn and the bendiction Presbytery adjourned. 

J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 
C. G. LONG, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



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MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Comparative Summary for Five Years 

1924 1$25 1926 1927 1928 

Ministers 59 61 58 58 63 

Candidates 15 23 25 28 22 

Churches 88 90 92 93 93 

Conversions 663 850 694 576 626 

Communicants 14,474 15,230 15,584 15,047 15,711 

Sunday School Enrollment- 13,385 13,281 13,505 12,953 13,818 

Family Altars 787 894 744 822 

Tithers 1,761 1,924 1,741 1,625 

Value of Churches $1,696,400 

Value of Manses 205,300 

Debt on Church Property- 213,982 

Contributions 

Foreign Missions $ 59,921 $ 64,048 $ 61,296 $ 77,160 $ 69,623 

Assemjbly's Home Missions 19,822 20,947 20,976 27,410 23.162 

Chris. Ed. and Min. Relief. 10,777 9,684 11,276 11,535 11,441 

Publication and S. S. Work 3,044 3,244 3,657 3,573 3,700 

Assembly's Training Schl._ 892 1,261 

Bible Cause __ 784 821 984 1,082 887 

Assembly's Causes 94,342 98,744 98,189 121,752 110,074 

Synod's Home Missions __ 11,266 10,844 13,269 14,800 13.493 

Orphans' Home 34,666 23,992 25,561 39,377 30,205 

Educational Institutions — 19,400 21,507 25,082 38,920 28,824 

Presby'l. Home Missions.. 18,886 18,153 23,954 22,400 24,371 

Synod's and Presby.'s Cs's. 84,218 74,496 87,866 115,506 96,893 

Denominational Benevolen's. 178,560 173,240' 186,055 237,258 206,967 

Pastors' Salaries 77,427 82,022 84,104 81,900 94,310 

Current Expenses 184,244 196,734 149,105 117,011 122,330 

Congregational H. Missions 11,216 7,771 6,590 2,758 3,045 

Buildings, etc 82,233 90,520 

Local Church . 272,887 286,527 249,799 283,902 290,205 

Miscellaneous 30,143 28,081 17,152 23,667 24,543 

GRAND TOTAL $481,590 $487,848 $453,006 $544,827 $521,715 

Every Member Canvass 

Benevolent Askings $153,410 $174,581 $176,754 $175,855 $197,997 

Amt. Sub. to Benevolences. " '" ^ " 
Amt, Sub. to Cur. Expenses 

Total Subscriptions 307,621 

No. Sub. to Benevolences.- 
No. Sub. to Cur. Exp'ses. 
Total No. Subscriptions — 



141,921 


152,638 


153,390 


172,715 


146,019 


165,700 


189,081 


193,068 


196,305 


195,697 


307,621 


341,719 


246,458 


369,020 


341,716 


6,859 


7,591 


7,400 


7,050 


5,245 


8,021 


8,493 


8,461 


7,979 


6,112 


14,880 


16,084 


15,861 


15,029 


11,357 



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35 



BENEVOLENT ASKINGS 

For Year Beginning April 1, 1929 




1,100 Charlotte First $55.00 

2,010 Charlotte Second 33.00 

346 Myers Park 27.50 

859 Caldwell Memorial 16.50 

360 Monroe First 16.50 

91 Central Steele Creek 13.20 

54 Morven 11.00 

704 Steele Creek 11.00 

346 Sugaw Creek 11.00 

552 Tenth Avenue 11.00 

588 Westminster 11.00 

64 Banks 8.80 

162 Mallard Creek 8.80 

92 McGee 8.30 

260 Sharon 8.80 

110 Wadesboro 8.80 

165 WilHams Memorial 8.80 

350 Albemarle 6.00 

297 Hamlet 6.60 

319 Huntersville 6.60 

115 Newell 6.60 

224 Paw Creek 6.60 

141 Pineville 6.60 

136 Seversville - 6.60 

96 Waxhaw 6.60 

345 West Avenue 6.60 

139 Cook's Memorial 5.50 

29 Pee Dee 5.50 

110 Rockingham 5.50 

314 St. Pauls 5.50 

140 Amity 4.40 

88 Cornelius 4.40 

256 Hopewell 4.40 

110 Pleasant Hill 4.40 

423 Philadelphia 4.40 

229 Providence 4.40 

125 Ramah 4.40 

158 Thomasboro 4.40 

110 Badin 3.30 

155 Bethel 3.30 

35 Biscoe 3.30 

90 Marshville 3.30 

43 Marston 3.30 

95 Matthews 3.30 

129 Mt. Gilead 3.30 

22 Norman 3.30 



$ 60,500 J 


^ 220 


66,330 


402 


9,515 


69 


14,164 


172 


5,940 


72 


1,201 


18 


594 


11 


7,744 


141 


3,806 


79 


6,072 


110 


6,468 


118 


563 


13 


1,422 


32 


810 


18 


2,288 


52 


968 


22 


1,452 


23 


2,370 


70 


1,960 


60 


2,105 


64 


759 


23 


2,135 


65 


931 


28 


898 


27 


634 


19 


2,277 


69 


765 


28 


160 


6 


605 


22 


1,727 


63 


615 


28 


387 


18 


1,126 • 


51 


519 


22 


1,861 


85 


1,008 


46 


550 


25 


695 


32 


363 


22 


512 


31 


116 


7 


297 


18 


142 


9 


314 


19 


426 


26 


73 


5 



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204 Norwood 3.30 

200 Plaza 3.30 

161 Robinson 3.30 

44 Troy 3.30 

42 Unionville 3.30 

146 Wilmore 3.30 

80 Bethlehem 2.20 

46 Brainard 2.20 

77 Camden 2.20 

63 Cameronian 2.20 

78 Candor 2.20 

87 Indian Trail 2.20 

36 Lee Park 2.20 

11 Lilesville 2.20 

37 Locust 2.20 

120 Macedonia 2.20 

82 Mark's Creek 2.20 

72 Mt. Carmel 2.20 

55 North Charlotte 2.20 

50 Pageland 2.20 

5 Palestine 2.20 

26 Peachland 2.20 

48 Polkton 2.20 

18 Porter 2.20 

66 Roberdell 2.20 

40 Rourk's Chapel 2.20 

88 Siler 2.20 

37 Six Mile Creek 2.20 

40 Stevenson 2.20 

16 Stanfield 2.20 

13 Star 2.20 

43 Turner 2.20 

25 Wadeville 2.20 

115 Walkersville L 2.20 

149 Mulberry 1.34 

25 Allen 1.10 

60 Altan 1.10 

35 Bethany 1.10 

50 Beulah 1.10 

80 Ellerbe 1.10 

34 McLean's Memorial 1.10 

35 Midland 1.10 

20 Midway 1.10 

28 Morgan Memorial 1.10 

15 Oakboro 1.10 

49 Rehoboth 1.10 

56 Salem 1.10 

33 Tabernacle 1.10 

15,711 Total $222,762 $3,150 

The Thanksgiving Offering and the Sunday School Offerings for 

Barium Springs are to be over and above the 7^% in the budget. It 
takes just about twice as much to pay the expenses of the Orphanage as 
the amount assigned in the Budget. 



673 


41 


660 


40 


531 


32 


145 


9 


139 


8 


482 


30 


176 


16 


101 


9 


169 


15 


139 


13 


172 


17 


191 


17 


79 


7 


24 


2 


81 


7 


264 


24 


180 


16 


158 


14 


121 


11 


110 


10 


11 


1 


57 


5 


106 


10 


40 


4 


145 


13 


88 


8 


194 


18 


81 


8 


88 


8 


35 


3 


29 


3 


95 


9 


55 


5 


253 


23 


200 


30 


28 


5 


66 


12 


39 


7 


39 


10 


55 


16 


88 


7 


37 


•7 
/ 


27 


4 


31 


6 


17 


3 


54 


10 


62 


11 


36 


7 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY Z7 



NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF TREASURERS 

ZZ.Z Foreign Missions — Mr. Edwin F. Willis, Box 330, Nashville, 
Tenn. 

PerCt. Assembly Causes: 

16. Assembly's Home Missions — Mr. A. N. Sharpe, 1522 Hurt Bldg., 
Atlanta, Ga. 

7.5 Christian Education and Ministerial Relief — Mr. John Stites, 5th 
and Market Sts., Louisville, Ky. 

2. Publication and Sunday School Work— Mr. R. E. Magill, 6-8 N. 
Sixth St., Richmond, Va. 

.6 Bible Cause — Mr. Gilbert Darlington, Bible House, New York 
City. 

.6 Assembly's Training School — Mr. Geo. W. Call, Union Bank, 
Richmond, Va. 

Synod's Causes: 

7.5 Synod's Home Missions — Rev. E. E. Gillespie, D.D., Greens- 
boro, N. C 

7.5 Barium Springs Orphanage — Mr. J. B. Johnston, Barium Springs, 
N. C. 

8.7 Schools and Colleges — Rev. E. E. Gillespie, D.D., Greensboro, N. C. 

1.3 Union Theological Seminary — Mr. Wm. R. Miller, Union Theo- 
logical Seminary, Richmond, Va. 

Presbytery's Causes: 

15. Presbytery's Home Missions— Mr. W. E. Price, 30 W. Fifth St., 
Charlotte, N. C. 

Benevolent Treasurer for the Presbytery: 

Mr. W. E. Price, 30 W. Fifth St., Charlotte, N. C. 

PRESBYTERIAL TAX is 20 cents per member as fixed by Presby- 
tery at Candor Church, October 23, 1928. 

ALL BENEVOLENT FUNDS should be remitted MONTHLY 
direct to the treasurers or to the Benevolent Fund Treasurer of the Pres- 
bytery, Mr. W. E. Price, 30 W. Fifth St., Charlotte, N. C. 



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INDEX 

Adjourned Meeting— July 3, 1928 3 

Adjourned Meeting — July 16, 1928 6 

Adjourned Meeting — September 3, 1928 8 

Alexander, T R., Received 14 

Amendments Book of Church Order 20 

Assembly's Minutes (Report) 22 

Assessment (Report of Presbyterial Tax) 24 

Bible Cause (Report) 24 

Brown, L. W., Dismissed to Florida 11 

Called Meeting at Maxton 10 

Christian Education (Report) 26 

Calls and Supplies 33 

Chedester, W. P., to Labor out of Presbytery 33 

Directory Inside Front and Back Covers 

Dillard, E. A., Received 10 

Dillard, E. A., Installed 16 

Evangelism (Report) 16 

Five-Year Summary of Presbytery 34 

Foreign Missions Report 21 

Frazer, W. H., Address on Queens College 27 

Gurney, H. E., Pastorate Dissolved 8 

Gilbert, H. A., Candidate Received 8 

Huneycutt Pastorate at Oakboro and Locust Dissolved 3 

Home Missions 30 

Hamiter, W. S., to Labor Out of Presbytery 13 

Leadership Training 23 

Leave of Absence (Report) Z'^^ 

Ligon, J. F., Dismissed to Tennessee 7 

Long, C. G., Elected Temporary Clerk 13 

Lyerly, S. B., Elected Moderator 13 

McGeachy, A.A., Memorial 12 

Midway Church Organized 20 

Macedonia, Presbytery Meeting 2^ 

Queens College Report Referred 15 

Sabbath and Family Religion 28 

Schools and Colleges, Referred 27 

Stewardship Report 17 

Stewardship Askings 35 

Family Religion (Report) 28 

Thomas, W. G., Examined by Presbytery 3 

Thomas, W. G., ordained and installed 6 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 39 



Treasurer's Report 27 

Trustees' Report i^ 

Young People's Work (Report of Ad Interim Committee) 2Q 

Young People's Conference at Queens College 29 



(Continued from inside front cover) 

14. Men's Work— P. S. Gilchrist, C P. Brown, H. J. Spencer, J. M. 
Oldham, J. P. Marsh, M. E. Trotter, J. M. Harris. 

15. Sessional Records— W. T. Smith. R. S. Burwell, Q. N. Huneycu'.t, 
and five elders. 

16. Examinations: 

(i) Experimental Piet}^ — The Moderator. 

(2) Academic Studies — R. W. Culbertson. 

(3) Languages— Latin Thesis and Greek Exegesis — C. W. Som- 
merville, J. W. Grier. 

(4) Natural and Exact Sciences — H. E. Gurney, C. H. Little. 

(5) Mental and Moral Philosophy, Logic and Rhetoric— W. H. 
Frazer, W. B. S. Chandler. 

(6) Theology— A. S. Johnson, W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., C. H. Rowan. 

(7) Church History— J. M. Walker, W. H. Matheson. 

(8) Church Government and Sacraments — M. E. Peabody, R. S. 
Burwell. 

TRUSTEES OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

1. Davidson — R. A. Dunn, H. N. Pharr — Terms expire 1932; C. R. 
Nisbet, J. P. Matheson, W. H. Belk — Terms expire 1930. 

2. Queens— Mrs. C. C. Hook, T. M. Glasgow, J. L. Choate, P. S. 
Gilchrist — Terms expire 1931 ; J. Arthur Henderson, E. E. Jones. 
A. J. Crowell — Terms expire 1929; E. A. McCausland, J. W. Mc- 
Clung, Hunter Marshall — Terms expire 1930. 

3. Albemarle — M. J. Harris, A. C. Huneycutt, A. E. McCausland — 
Terms expire 1931 ; R. J. Mcllwain, F. S. Neal, W. H. Belk — 
Terms expire 1929; J. M. Harry, J. W. Stork, J. H. McCrae, J. M. 
Morrow, Mrs. W. E. Milton, Lynn R. Walker — Terms expire 
1930. 



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of 

Mecklenburg 
Presbytery 




119th STATED SESSION 

Steele Creek Church 

April 9, 10, 11, 1929 

ADJOURNED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 
Dec. 3, 1928, Feb. 4, 1929, May 6, 1929, May 31, 1929 

CALLED MEETING 

Charlotte, N. C. 

Jan. 25, 1929 



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DIRECTORY 

Rev. W. H. Frazer, Moderator Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. G. Garth, Stated Clerk Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. W. Stork, Permanent Clerk Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Trustees of Presbytery — H. C. Alexander, Hunter Marshall, Jr., J. L. 
Choate. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Presbytery's Home Missions — J. M. Walker, C. G. Long, W. B. S. 
Chandler, C. H. Rowan, Lynn R. Walker, C. H. Little, F. S. Neal, 
W. H. Belk, T. J. Smith, C. P. Brown, W. E. Price, Dr. R. H. 
Lafferty, J. F. Hardie. 

PERMANENT COMMITTEES 

1. Foreign Missions — E. G. Gammon, C. G. Long, W. L. Wallis, 
J. Arthur Henderson, M. B. Spier. 

2. Assembly's Home Missions — J. F. Hardie, C. H. Little, A. S. 
Anderson, Jno. B. Ross. 

3. Christian Education and Ministerial Relief— J. W. Grier, W. H. 
Matheson, J. W. McClung, J. M. Oldham. 

4. Religious Education — General Chairman : S. B. Lyerly. 
(i) Children's Division: W. M. Wilcox, W. E. Price. 

(2) Young People's Division : E. A. Dillard, M. E. Peabody, F. H. 
Bierman. 

(3) Sunday School Extension : J. G. Garth, H. J. Spencer. 

(4) Leadership Training: B. F. Yandell, G. M. Beaty, Dr. R. H. 
Lafferty. 

5. Bible Cause— S. B. Lyerly, J. W. Stork. 

6. Synod's Home Missions— L E. Wallace, A. L. McDuffie, C. H. 
Caldwell, D. S. Monteith. 

7. Orphans* Home— W. H. Johnston, R. W. Culbertson, Wm. 
Anderson, W. A. Jamison. 

8. Schools and Colleges— C. R. Nisbet, L E. Wallace, B. F. Yandell, 
J. R. Bridges, Beatty Faires, G. M. Rose, Jr. 

(Continued on back inside cover) 



.MINUTES 

of 

Mecklenburg 
Presbytery 




119th STATED SESSION 

Steele Creek Church 

April 9, 10, 11, 1929 

ADJOURNED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 
Dec. 3, 1928, Feb. 4,1929, May 6, 1929, May 31, 1929 

CALLED MEETING 
Charlotte, N. C. 
Jan. 25, 1929 



PRESS OF 

PRESBYTERIAN STANDARD 

PUBLISHING COMPANY 

CHARLOTTE, N. C. 



ADJOURNED MEETING 

Charlotte^ First Church, December 3, 1928. 
Presbytery met in adjourned session at First Presbyte- 
rian Church, Charlotte, December 31, 1928, and was called 
to order by Rev. S. B. Lyerly, Moderator, and opened with 
prayer by Rev. J. W. Grier. 

ROLL 

Ministers: S. B. Lyerly, J. G. Garth, J. M. Walker, B. F. 
Yandell, R. S. Burwell, C R. Nisbet, C E. White, A. S. 
Johnston, J. R. Bridges, W. T. Smith, A. A. Walker, P. W. 
Wilson, J. C. Grier, J. F. Hardie, S. B. McLean, A. R. Shaw, 
C. G. Long, W. H. Frazer, R. W. Culbertson, E. C. Gammon, 
Q. N. Huneycutt, W. H. Johnston, A. F. Doty, G. C. Hunt- 
ington, C. C. Beam, W. H. Matheson. 

Elders: W. R. Long, Sugaw Creek; J. M. Miller, Phila- 
delphia; Jno. Huck, Amity; S. M. Alexander, McGee ; J. W. 
Davenport, Paw Creek; J. M. Oldham, First Church; Dr. 
Alexander Graham, Second Church. 

A quorum being found present the Presbytery pro- 
ceeded to business. 

Rev. S. B. McLean was selected Temporary Clerk. 

A request from Hopewell Church for the services of Dr. 
C. W. Sommerville as stated supply until spring meeting of 
Presbytery was granted. 

A communication from Dr. S. L. Morris was read, ask- 
ing for information as to the action of the Presbytery in 
regard to Fraternal Relations with the United Presbyterian 
Church. Action was deferred until spring meeting of Pres- 
bytery. 

Action was also deferred until spring meeting of Presby- 
tery on the question of the Ministers' Annuity Fund. 

Mr. J. M. Oldham was added to the Committee of Chris- 
tian Education and Ministerial Relief. 

Rev. J. M. Blain, of East Hanover Presbytery, and Rev. 
J. E. Guthrie, of Concord Presbytery, Rev. Geo. F. Robert- 
son of Holston Presbytery, and Rev. J. E. Berryhill, of 
Kings Mountain Presbytery were introduced to the Presby- 
tery and invited to sit as visiting brethren. 



4 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

A certificate of dismission from Brazos Presbytery for 
Rev. Jas. F. Hardie, D.D., was presented, and after due ex- 
amination, Dr. Hardie was received into the Presbytery, 
when he shall have signed the covenant. 

The call of the Second Presbyterian Church, of Char- 
lotte, was placed in the hands of Dr. Hardie, who signified 
his acceptance of the call. 

The following commission for the installation of Dr. 
Hardie was appointed: 

Dr. J. R. Bridges to preside ; Dr. Chas. R. Nisbet to 
preach the sermon ; Dr. A. S. Johnson to charge the pastor ; 
Dr. W. H. Frazer to charge the congregation, and the fol- 
lowing elders : Mr. W. A. Jamison, of West Avenue ; Mr. 
Thomas Glasgow, of Myers Park. 

Sunday, December 9, 1928 at 4 :30 p. m. was fixed as the 
time and the Second Presbyterian Church as the place for 
the installation. 

A resolution was read and received as information 
from the Presbytery of Brazos testifying as to the high 
character and service of Dr. Hardie. 

It was ordered that when Presbytery adjourn today, it 
adjourn to meet here on February 4th, at 10 a. m. for the 
purpose of engaging in a season of intercession for the di- 
vine blessing on the Church at large and on this Presbytery, 
for its work, and especially with regard to the Every Mem- 
ber Canvass on March 10th, and that Rev. S. B. McLean, 
the Secretary of Stewardship, be in charge of the meeting. 

Dr. C. R. Nisbet reported for Committee on Schools and 
Colleges that the condition of Albemarle School is such that 
very careful attention to its affairs is needed and he recom- 
mended that this committee be enlarged in order that neces- 
sary attention be given or that a separate committee be 
appointed to collaborate with this committee. It was so 
ordered and the following were appointed : 

Revs. J. M. Walker, E. G. Gammon, W. H. Johnston, 
and elders J. W. Davenport, of Paw Creek; W. A. Mc- 
Auly, Mt. Gilead. 

The minutes were read and approved and Presbytery 
adjourned with prayer. 

S. B. McLEAN, Temporary Qerk. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 5 

CALLED MEETING 

Charlotte, N. C, January 25, 1929.^ 
Mecklenburg Presbytery met in called session in First 
Presbyterian Church, at 11 :30 a. m., January 25, 1929. 

ROLL 

Ministers: A. R. Shaw, E. G. Gammon, C. R. Nisbet, 
W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., J. W. Grier, J. C. Grier, T- M. Walker, 
S. B. Lyerly, W. H. Johnston, A. A. Walker S. B. McLean, 
W. H. Matheson, M. E. Peabody, J. G. Garth, E. A. Dillard, 
A. F. Doty, J. F. Hardie, B. F. Yandell, P. W. Wilson. 

Elders: Geo. F. Dunn, West Avenue; W. A. Rogers, 
Pineville ; J. W. Davenport, Paw^ Creek. 

A quorum was found to be present and opened with 
prayer by Dr. A. R. Shaw. 

Rev. S. B. Lyerly presided. 

The call for meeting was then read as follows : 

The Constitutional requirements having been met, I 
hereby call Mecklenburg Presbytery to meet in called ses- 
sion for the following business : 

1. To act on the request of Rev. Parks W. Wilson for 
the dissolution of the pastorate at West Avenue Church, 
Charlotte, N. C 

2. To dismiss Mr. Wilson to the Presbytery of Mem- 
phis if the way is clear. 

3. To take action on any business arising out of the 
above. 

. Time and place of called meeting. First Presbyterian 
Church, Charlotte, N. C, Friday, January 25, at 11 :?>0 a. m 

Rev. M. E. Peabody was chosen as Temporary Clerk. 

Rev. Parks W. Wilson tendered his resignation and ask- 
ed for dissolution of the pastoral relation between him and 
the West Avenue Church. 

A motion was made that request be granted. 

Mr. Wilson moved that Mr. Johnson, of the Committee 



6 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

appointed to represent the congregation, be given the priv- 
ilige of floor, which was granted. 

The congregation reported through Mr. Geo. Dunn that 
the Church refused to unite in the request to Presbytery. 

Mr. Johnson, having been given the privilege of the floor, 
presented the Church's objections in the form of a petition 
to Presbytery, which was read. 

Upon motion the privilege of the floor was granted to 
any of the Church members who might wish to speak. 

After hearing discussions during which the devotion of 
both pastor and people was beautifully revealed, Presbytery 
voted to grant the request, after tributes had been paid by 
the brethren. 

Upon motion Mr. Wilson's request for dismission to 
Memphis Presbytery was granted. 

Mr. Wilson, as retiring Chairman of Young People's 
Work, suggested Rev. E. A. Dillard to succeed him. 

Upon motion Mr. Dillard was appointed. 

After the reading of the minutes, Presbytery adjourned 
with prayer. 

M. E. PEABODY, Temporary Clerk. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY . 7 

ADJOURNED MEETING 

Charlotte, N. C, February 4, 1929. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in First Presbyterian 
Church at 10 a. m., and a quorum was found present. 

ROLL 

Ministers: J. R. Bridges, A. R. Shaw, S. B. McLean, 
S. B. Lyerly, J. M. Walker, C. E. White, E. A. Dillard, W. H. 
Matheson, R. W. Culbertson, G. C. Huntington, W. H. 
Johnston, J. W. Grier, C. R. Nisbet, W. T. Smith, H. E. 
Gurney, M. E. Peabody, W. H. Frazer, A. S. Johnson, E. G. 
Gammon, C. W. Sommerville, R. S. Burwell, J. C. Grier, 
T. H. Mitchell, T. R. Alexander, J. R. Bridges. 

Elders: A. W. Potts, Banks ; W. L. Wallis, Tenth Ave- 
nue ; J. B. Spillman, Second Presbyterian ; W. R. Long, 
Sugaw Creek; E. M. Neel, Steele Creek. 

Moderator S. B. Lyerly called meeting to order and it 
was opened with prayer by Rev. C. H. Rowan. 

The Moderator then appointed Rev. M. E. Peabody 
Temporary Clerk. 

Meeting was then turned over to Rev. S. B. McLean, 
Secretary of Stewardship, to enter upon a season of prayer. 

After reading appropriate passages of scripture he called 
upon Dr. E. E. Gillespie, of Greensboro, and Rev. R. W. 
Culbertson to lead in prayer. 

An address was then delivered by Rev. E. A. Dillard on 
the Principles of Stewardship, after which he led the body 
in prayer. 

After remarks by Mr. McLean upon the splendid address 
to which we had listened and the significance and blessed- 
ness of such a meeting as this, the body was led in prayer 
by Elders Spillman and Potts, and Rev. G. C. Huntington. 

Dr. E. E. Gillespie was then presented and delivered a 
stirring address upon God's great purpose and plan for the 
evangelization of the world, after which the meeting was 
led in prayer by Dr. W. H. Frazer, Rev. J. W. Grier, and 
Dr. A. R. Shaw. 



8 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

"When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" was then sung, led 
by Mr. W. R. Long. 

"The Cause and Cure of the Delinquency in Benevo- 
lences" was then presented by Rev. J. M. Walker. 

After this moving address and a heart-searching talk by 
the chairman, Presbytery was led in prayer by Mr. Peabody, 
Dr. Bridges, and Dr. Nisbet. 

Dr. Lacy L. Little was then presented as one fresh from 
the foreign field. He presented "The Coming of the King- 
dom" in his own attractive and forceful way. 

The body was then called upon to engage in a season of 
voluntary prayer in the kneeling posture. 

The body was led in singing "Seal Us, Oh Holy Spirit," 
by Mr. Spillman, after which Dr. A. S. Johnson led us 
in prayer. 

In the absence of Dr. J. F. Hardie, who was to have 
spoken on "Abounding in This Grace Also," the chair called 
for voluntary remarks by any present. 

Dr. Johnson responded and suggested "Consecration" as 
being the solution of our problem. 

Dr. Frazer was then called upon and stressed very force- 
fully the need of co-operation in all the phases of the 
Church's efforts as necessary for advancement along all 
lines. 

Dr. Shaw presented the superior wealth of our nation 
to the other nations. 

Upon motion we returned to the regular business of 
Presbytery. 

The Commission to install Rev. J. F. Hardie, D.D., at 
Second Church, Charlotte, reported the installation as tak- 
ing place, December 9th. 

Request was made to continue the supply of Rev. A. H. 
Frazer at McGee. Upon motion this was granted. 

A rising vote of thanks was given for the splendid ad- 
dresses listened to, and the appreciation of the presence 
and addresses of our visitors. 

Closed with prayer by Moderator. 

M. E. PEABODY, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



STATED SPRING MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in 119th Stated Session at 
Steel Creek Church, Tuesday, April 9, 1929, at 8 p. m. and 
was opened with a sermon by the retiring Moderator Rev. 
S. B. Lyerly from Mark 16: 15. 

After the sermon the communion service was conducted 
by Rev. J. F. Hardie, D.D., and Rev. C. G. Long. 

The roll was called and the following were found pres- 
ent : 

ROLL 

Ministers: J. R. Bridges, G. C. Huntington, A. R. Shaw, 
J. W. Grier, R. J. Mcllwaine, C. H. Little, R. S. Burwell, A. 
S. Johnson, C. E. White, R. W. Culbertson, J. G. Garth, J. 
W. Stork, J. M. Walker, W. C. Underwood, W. H. Frazer, 
W. B. Mcllwaine, S. B. Lyerly, T. F. Huneycutt, M. E. 
Peabody, W. B. S. Chandler, W. T. Smith, A. A. Walker, 
L E. Wallace, C. G. Long, C. W. Sommerville, S. B. McLean, 
Lynn R. Walker, W. H. Johnston, J. C. McGehee, C. H. 
Rowan, T. M. Stribling, B. F. Yandell, J. A. Caligan, A. L. 
McDuffie, W. H. Matheson, E. G. Gammon, C. R. Nisbet, 
T. H. Mitchell, W. C. Copeland, A. F. Doty, J. C. Grier, 
W. G. Thomas, E. A. Dillard, T. R. Alexander, J. F. Hardie. 

Elders: R. W. Elliott, Altan; E. A. Morrison, Allen; 
A. D. Campbell, Amity; O. W. Potts, Banks; Ray Clontz, 
Bethlehem; W. E. Price, Caldwell Memorial; H. T. Bald- 
win, Cameronian ; L. R. Lisk, Candor; J. N. Herron, Central 
Steele Creek ; T. J. Smith, Charlotte First, C M. Strong, 
Charlotte Second; T. M. Davis, Cook's Memorial; J. L 
Procter, Cornelius ; J. L Efird, EUerbe ; T. H. Rowan, Ham- 
let, J. G. McElroy, Hopewell, J. L. Choate, Huntersville ; 
A. F. Doty, Lee Park ; J. C. Smith, Marshville, T. M. Alex- 
ander, McGee; W. H. Belk, Monroe First; T. W. Smith, 
Morgan Memorial, R. L. Martin, Mt. Gilead ; H. G. Rhyne, 
Mulberry; Hamilton McKay, Myers Park; J. A. Newell, 
Newells; H. M. Nicholson, North Charlotte; J. L Camp- 
bell, Norwood; F. C. Efird, Oakboro ; D. E. Clark, Page- 
land; L. M. Torrence, Paw Creek; W. B. Blount, Plaza; 
J. M. Miller, Philadelphia ; J. M. Caruthers, Pineville ; J. L. 
Currence, Pleasant Hill ; Dr. H. Q. Alexander, Providence ; 
R. O. Robinson, Seversville ; J. V. Brown, Sharon ; E. A. 



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Norris, Siler ; R. C. Freeman, Steele Creek ; N. C. White, 
St. Paul ; C H. Caldwell, Sugaw Creek ; P. J. C. Efird, Tab- 
ernacle ; R. W. Mitchell, Tenth Avenue; W. R. Price. 
Thomasboro ; C. A. Bland, Wadesboro ; Henry McWhirter, 
Walkersville ; J. W. McCain, Waxhaw ; W. A. Jamison, 
West Avenue ; R. G. Spratt, Westminster ; W. A. Howie, 
Williams Memorial; S. B, Porter, Wilmore. 

Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., was nominated for Moder- 
ator and elected by acclamation. 

Rev. C. G. Long was elected temporary clerk by accla- 
mation. 

Ruling Elder J. W. McCain, of Waxhaw, presented the 
Moderator with a gavel made of walnut, hickory and cedar 
from historic trees near Waxhaw. Mr. McCain also pre- 
sented the Presbytery with badges marked for the 119th 
Stated Meeting. 

The Committee on Arrangements rendered the follow- 
ing report, which was adopted : 

PROGRAM COMMITTEE 

Your committee would recommend the following hours for ses- 
sions of Presbytery : 

Meet at 9:30 a. m. Spend 20 minutes in devotional services. 
Recess at 12:30 for dinner. Reconvene at 2 p. m. and recess at 5. 
Assemble at 8 p. m. and adjourn at will. 

That on Wednesday at 11 '.30 we hear the Presbyterial sermon by 
Dr. Chas. R. Nisbet. Wednesday night conduct a popular meeting 
in the interest of Presbytery's Home Missions. On Thursday at 
11:30 a. m. Foreign Missions. 

For Wednesday morning's devotional Rev. C. H. Rowan and on 
Thursday Rev. J. C. Grier. 

J. M. WALKER, Chairman. 
R. C FREEMAN. 

Adjournment was taken until 9 :30 a. m. and the bene- 
diction was pronounced by the Moderator. 

Wednesday Morning 

Presbytery re-convened at 9':30 a. m. with devotional 
exercises conducted by Rev. C. H. Rowan. 

The Minutes of yesterday's session were read and ap- 
proved. 



I 



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Revs. W. O. Sample of Granville Presbytery, Geo. F. 
Robertson of Holston Presbytery, and J. B. Reily of El 
Paso Presbytery, were introduced and invited to sit as 
visiting brethren. 

Various communications v^ere read and referred to the 
proper committees. 

The Moderator read the following Standing Com- 
mittees : 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

Devotianal Exercises: J. M. Walker, R. C. Freeman, 

J. N. Herron. 

Bills and Overtures: S. B, Lyerly, C. H. Rowan, C. W. 
Sommerville, Alexander Graham, W. H. Belk. 

Judicial Committee: S. B. McLean, Lynn R. Walker, 
L E. Wallace, H. W. McKay, J. T. Campbell. 

Presbytery's Home Missions: Chas. R. Nisbet, E. A. 
Dillard, N. C. White, J. W. McCain. 

Calls and Supplies: J. F. Hardie, T. R. Alexander, J. C. 
Grier, T. H. Rowan, L T. Efird. 

Records of Presbytery: W. T. Smith, R. S. Bur well, Q. 
N. Huneycutt, R. J. Mcllwaine, G. C. Huntington, W. C Un- 
derwood, M.*E. Peabody, A. L. McDuffie, W. H. Matheson, 
S. M. Alexander, Ray Klontz, H. G. Rhyne, R. L. Martin, 
H. M. Nicholson, L. M. Torrance, W. E. Howie, W. E. Por- 
ter, Henry McWhorter. 

Leave of Absence: R. W. Culbertson, J. W. Grier, H. T. 
Baldwin. 

Minutes of Synod: N. C. White, W. H. Johnston, R. W. 
Elliott, R. J. Mcllwaine. 

Presbytery Assessments: E. G. Gammon, T. M. Strib- 
ling, J. C. McGehee, W. E. Price, H. G. Alexander, R. W. 
Mitchell, R. O. Robinson, W. A. Jamieson, W. R. Price. 

Nominations: B. F. Yandell, J. G. Garth, T. J. Smith, R. 
G. Spratt, A. F. Doty. Chairman is the Moderator. 

Thanks: W. B. Mcllwaine, T. H. Mitchell, J. R. Kerns. 



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The Stated Clerk reported the deposit of Presbytery's 
records with the Historical Foundation at Montreat, as 
ordered by Presbytery at the fall meeting. The receipt of 
the records is noted in the following letter : 

REPORT OF HISTORICAL FOUNDATION 

Rev. J. G. Garth, Stated Clerk, 

Mecklenburg Presbytery, 

Charlotte, N. C. , . • 

My dear Mr. Garth : 

I beg to acknowledge the receipt this date of the following 
records, minutes, and papers as deposited by Mecklenburg Presby- 
tery with the Historical Foundation of the Presbyterian and Re- 
formed Churches : 

Vol. I— October i6, 1869-March 17, 1876. 

Vol. II— May 18, 1876-December 12, 1882. 

Vol. Ill— May 2, 1883-December 21, 1887. 

Vol. IV— April II, 1888-July 19, 1893. 

Vol. V — September 7, 1893-February 11, 1897. 

Vol. VI— April 9, 1897-May 19, 1902. 

Vol. VII— June 5, 1902-July 8, 1907. 

Vol. VIII — September 17, 1907— August 12, 191 1. 

Vol. IX — September 5, 1911-June 26, 1913. 

Vol. — April, 1913-September, 1919 (printed, bound). 

Vol. — November, 1919-December 7, 1925 (printed, bound). 

5 notebooks of historical data kept by the Stated Clerk, Rev. 
R. Z. Johnston, which we have numbered respectively, i, 2, 
3, 4, 5. 

5 bundles of records in the case of Rev. D. P. Robinson, 1883- 
1884, with appeal. 

I bundle relative to Sharon Church before Commission of Meck- 
lenburg Presbytery, June 7, 1927. 

I bundle papers in case of Asheville difficulties, 1874. 

I bundle papers in case of Swannanoa, December 11, 1871. 

I bundle papers in case of W. W. Reid, 1896. 

I bundle papers Wadesboro, November 2, 1877. 

I bundle papers in re J. T. Plunket, 1880. 

I paper, organization Polkton, June 15, 1883. 

I Vol. minutes Forest Church, 1882-1887. 

All the above have been listed, entered on our deposit record 
book, and will be catalogued. 

Very sincerely yours, 

S. M. TENNEY, Curator. 
Montreat, January 7, 1929. 

The resignation of Rev. S. B. McLean as chairman and 
secretary of stewardship of the Presbytery was accepted 
with a rising- vote to indicate Presbytery's appreciation of 
his efficient services. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 13 



The first order of the day for Thursday morning was 
fixed for a consideration of the Ministers' Annuity Fund. 

Candidates M. B. Prince, from Piedmont Presbytery, 
J. S. McFall, from Piedmont Presbytery, and W. C. Cooper, 
from Atlanta Presbytery were received into the Presbytery. 

These three candidates applied for licensure, and on 
motion Presbytery proceeded with their examination. 

Their college diplomas were accepted in lieu of exami- 
nations on Natural Sciences, Logic and Rhetoric and Mental 
and Moral Philosophy. 

Their Seminary courses were accepted in lieu of exami- 
nation on Church History and the Original Languages, with 
the exception of Mr. Cooper, who, not having pursued 
courses in the Original Languages, was accepted under the 
extraordinary clause. 

Dr. C. W. Sommerville conducted the examination on 
Theology, which was sustained. 

The order of the day having arrived, the examination 
was suspended until first order of the afternoon. 

A five-minute recess was taken before hearing the 
Presbyterial sermon. 

Presbytery heard with much interest the Presbyterial 
sermon by Dr. C. R. Nisbet on the Atonement. 

Mr. Thomas Mcllwaine Davis, a member of the Siler 
Church, presented a testimonial from the Session of the 
Church and asked to be received as a candidate for the 
ministry. The Moderator examined him as to his personal 
piety and purpose for seeking the ministry. The examina- 
tion was sustained. After he had answered favorably the 
Constitutional questions, a charge was given by the Mod- 
erator. Following a prayer he was enrolled as a candidate. 

Presbytery took recess for lunch to reconvene at 2 p. m. 

Wednesday Afternoon 

Presbytery reconvened, and resumed the examination of 
Candidates Prince, Cooper and McFall. 

They were examined on experimental religion and mo- 



14 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

tives for seeking the gospel ministry by the Moderator 
which was sustained as satisfactory. The examination on 
Church Government was sustained as satisfactory. The ex- 
amination on the Sacraments was also sustained as satisfac- 
tory. 

These young brethren then preached their trial sermons. 
M. B. Prince preached from Jno. 20: 21. 
W. C. Cooper preached from Jno. 14:13. 
J. S. McFall preached from Jno. 3:3:. 

The Committees reported favorably on the Theses, 
Exigeses, and Popular Lectures and they were accepted 
as satisfactory. 

The Sermons were also accepted as satisfactory. 

The examinations, as a whole, were sustained. 

They were then duly licensed by answering the Consti- 
tutional questions as contained in the Book of Church Or- 
der, and after a prayer they were enrolled by Presbytery 
as licentiates, or probationers for the gospel ministry. 

Dr. L. R. Walker offered his resignation as chairman 
of the Committee on Men's and Women's Societies which 
was accepted. 

Presbytery voted to divide the Men's and Women's 
Work Committee and form two committees instead of one. 

Rev. A. T. Taylor, of Asheville Presbytery, after satis- 
factory examinations on personal piety, Theology, and 
Church Government, was received into the Presbytery af- 
ter signing the Covenant. 

The calls from the Oakboro, Locust, and Stanfield 
churches for the services of W. C. Cooper, and from Peach- 
land and Polkton churches for the services of M. B. Prince, 
and from Morven, Lilesville, and Camden for the services 
of J. S. McFall were all found in order and were placed in 
their hands. 

The matter of time, place, and personnel of the ordina- 
tion and installation Commissions were left in the hands 
of these gentlemen to be reported to Presbytery later. 

The election of Commissioners to the General Assembly 
was taken up and the following ministers and elders were 
elected: 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 15 

COMMISSIONERS TO THE ASSEMBLY 
Ministers: Principals — C. H. Rowan, S. B. McLean, 
A. A. Walker, and W. B. Mcllwaine. Alternates — L. R. 

Walker, A. R. Shaw, C. R. Nisbet, and M. E. Peabody. 

Elders: Principals— John A. McAulay, N. C. White, T. B. 
Spratt, and T. H. Rowan. Alternates— T. J. Smith, Dr. 
C. M. Strong, P. J. C. Efird, and J. L. Choate. 

The report of the treasurer of Presbyterial Tax was 
submitted and adopted. 

TREASURER'S REPORT— 1928-29 
J. G. Garth, Stated Clerk and Treasurer 

Balance on hand last April $ 874.50 

Received from Churches _. 2,981.64 

Resources handled for year 3,856.14 

Less Candor check charged ofif twice 34.00 

Total $ 3,822.14 

Checks, per list tallying with bank statements $ 2,532.34 

Balance on hand $ 1,323.80 

Accounts unpaid for lack of funds : 

Synod's Tax, balance $ 135-66 

W. E. Price, Treasurer 100.00 

Historical Tax 155-84 

$ 491.40 

1928-1929 CHECKS ISSUED AS PER STUBBS 

I. — Apr. 10 — J. F. Jamison $ 25.00 

2. — Apr. 23 — J. G. Garth, cash, 1-4 salary 50.00 

3. — ^Apr. 26— J. D. Leslie, treasurer 1,198.39 

4. — May I — R. E. Magill, treasurer 32.75 

5. — May 15 — Presbyterian Standard 200.00 

5 1-2. — May 5 — VonBoeckman— Statistical Tables 9.00 

6. — ^June 9 — J. D. Leslie, treasurer 5.35 

7. — June 14 — Presbyterian Standard 56.20 

8. — June 23 — Parks W. Wilson — Vacation Bible Schools 150.00 

8 1-2 — June 25 — Cash, stated clerk salary 50.00 

9. — Aug. 10— Cash, D. V. B. S. 100.00 

10. — Aug. 16 — Cash, D. V. B. S. 150.00 

10 1-2. — Aug. 10 — Presbyterian Standard 72.25 

II. — Oct. 4 — Presbyterian Standard 8.75 

12. — Oct. 4— J. G. Garth, clerk salary 50.00 

13. — Oct. 5 — R. A. McLeod, Synod 100.00 

14. — Oct. 15 — Cash, postage 5.00 

15. — Oct. 19 — Presbyterian Standard 12.75 

16. — Oct. 23 — J. W. Stork — Permanent Clerk, salary 30.00 

17- — Dec. 29 — Presbyterian Standard i35-90 

18. — Jan. 30 — Cash, J. G. Garth, salary 50.00 

19. — Mar. 22 — W. E. Price, printing 7.00 

Candor checks charged off 34.00 

$ 2,532.34 



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ACCOUNTS PAID 1928-1929 
April 10-March 22 

Assembly's Dues $ 1,203.74 

Report Blanks s 32.75 

Printing Minutes 383-35 

Treasurer's Book (W. E. Price) 60.00 

Job Printing _ 58.50 

Synod's dues in part 100.00 

Postage 5.00 

Auditors, Jamison and Thomas 25.00 

Daily Vacation Bible School 400.00 

Candor checks charged off 34.00 

Stated Clerk salary 200.00 

Permanent Clerk Salary 30.00 



$ 2,532.34 



This report audited and found correct. 

Signed : 

J. F. JAMISON, Auditor. 
The report of the treasurer of Benevolence for the 
Presbytery was submitted and adopted. 

FINANCIAL REPORT 
W. E. Price, Treasurer of Benevolences Mecklenburg Presbytery 
March 30, 1929 
Causes Receipts Disbursements Cr. Bal. 

Presby. Home Missions 

Cr. Bal. last year $ 3,658.59, 

Receipts, 1929 20,451.36 



$24,209.95 


$20,522.62 


8,42395 


8,423.95 


2,059.35 
4,032.83 
1,959-65 
1,956.43 


2,059-35 
3,032.83 

1,959-65 
1,956.43 


2,417.41 
611.08 


2,417.41 
611.08 


172.51 


172.51 


159-94 


159-94 


224.50 


50.00 


1.40 


1.40 


71.00 


71.00 



$ 3,587-33 



Foreign Missions 

Barium Springs Orphanage.. 
Assembly's Home Missions... 

Synod's Home Missions 

Chris. Edu. & Min. Relief 

Schools and Colleges 

S. S. Extension 

Bible 

Training School 

Church and Manse Erection.. 224.50 50.00 174.50 

Presbyterian Standard 

Presbyterial Tax 



$46,200.00 $42,437.17 $ 3,761.83 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. E. PRICE, Treasurer. 

We hereby certify that we have carefully checked the books of 
W. E. Price, Treasurer of Mecklenburg Presbytery, and find same 
correct as per above statement. 

Signed: 

J. F. JAMISON, Auditor. 
J. L. WILLIAMSON, Auditor. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 17 



Mr. W. E. Price, treasurer of Benevolences for Presby- 
tery, was thanked by the Presbytery for his efficient and 
self-sacrificial labors in the interests of the Kingdom. 

The following report of the Committee on Calls and 
Supplies was adopted : 

CALLS AND SUPPLIES 

I. Your Committee on Calls and Supplies respectfully recommend 
that the following calls be found in order : 

1. For Rev. W. W. Akers, from West Avenue. 

2. The calls for Rev. A. T. Taylor from Marston, Mark's Creek, 
McLean's Memorial and Rourk's Chapel. 

3. For Licientiate J. S. McFall at Morven, Lilesville and Cam- 
den. 

4. For Licentiate M. B. Prince from Peachland and Polkton. 

5. For Licentiate W. C. Cooper at Oakboro, Stanfield and Locust. 

6. For Rev. John B, Reily, from Roberdell, Cameronian, Mid- 
way' and Brainard. 

n. The following requests for supply be granted : 

1. Rev. W. H. Frazer at Mallard Creek. 

2. Rev. M. E. Peabody at Newells. 

3. Rev. C. W. Sommerville at Hopwell. 

4. Rev. A. H. Frazer at McGee. 

IIL The request of the Seversville Church to change the terms 
of the call from $2,200 and a manse to $2,400 per year and a manse 
be granted. 

J. C. GRIER. 

T. H. ROWAN. 

I. T. EFIRD. 

J. F. HARDIE, Chairman: 

The following Commission was appointed to install Rev. 
A. G. Taylor in the Marston group of churches : 

Commission to install Rev. A. F. Taylor as pastor of the 
Marston group of churches, the churches being Marston, 
Mark's Creek, McQean, and Rourk's Chapel : 

Principals : Rev. A. A. Walker, Chairman, D. L. R. 
Walker, Rev. W. G. Thomas. 

Alternates : Rev. A. F. Doty, T. M. Stribling, R. J. Mc- 
Ilwaine. 

Elders — Principals : A. W. McKay. 

Alternate : W. E. Price. 



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The following Commission was appointed to ordain and 
install Mr. J. S. McFall in the Morven group of churches : 

The commission to ordain and install Mr. J. S. McFall, 
Jr., on first Sunday in June : 

*Dr. L. R. Walker to preside, preach and propound the 
constitutional questions. 

Rev. A. A. Walker to charge the pastor. 

Rev. T. M. Stribling to charge the people; Ruling Elder 
T. H. Rowan. 

Alternates respectively to the ministers : Rev. J. A. 
Caligan, Rev. W. B. S. Chandler, Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine; 
Ruling Elder J. E. McLaughlin to be alternate to the ruling 
elder. 

Presbytery took recess to reconvene at 8 p. m. 

Wednesday Evening 

Presbytery reconvened at 8 p. m. 

The report of the Nominating Committee was adopted 
as follows : 

Nominations 

Men's Societies : L. R. Walker, I. E. Wallace, A. F. Doty, 
J. E. McLaughlin. 

Woman's Societies : W. B. Mcllwaine, J. C. Grier, W. B. 
S. Chandler, H. J. Spencer, R. G. Spratt. 

Executive Committee of Home Missions : J. F, Hardie. 
Assembly's Home Missions : J. F. Hardie. 

Chairman and Secretary of Stewardship : E. A. Dillard. 

McAlister Carson was added to the Board of Trustees of 
Queens College. 

Mr. J. L. Williamson was elected to the Auditing Com- 
mittee in the place of Mr. J. O. Thomas whose health forced 
him to resign. 

The report on Assembly's Home Missions was adopted 
as follows : 



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REPORT OF ASSEMBLY'S HOME MISSIONS 

During the year ending March 31 the Assembly's Executive Corn- 
mittee of Home Missions assisted in the support of 663 Home Mis- 
sionaries, who served 722 organized mission enterprises, and carried 
the Gospel either as teacher or evangelist to 298 other communities. 
Except for the ministry of these heroic men and women, thousands 
of human beings on the highways and byways of our country would 
never hear the Gospel. 

The Assembly's Home Missions represents the advance line of 
our denominational progress. Through the service of the Assembly's 
Committee nineteen churches and thirty-six Sunday Schools were 
organized. Ten churches were brought to self support and fifteen 
churches were assisted by loan or donation in erecting houses of 
worship. There were 5, 188 additions to the church upon profession 
of faith and 2,810 by certificate. 

The total receipts, including the special Auxiliary Birthday Gift 
of $41,500 for the Negro Nurses' Training School, were $588,008, 
which is $9,580 less than the total received in 1928, which included the 
special Flood Relief Fund of $29,994. 

The regular Home Mission contributions were $546,507, which is 
$21,087 less than was received from the same sources in 1928. 

The General Assembly has directed that the appropriations for 
a current year cannot exceed the average of the actual receipts for 
the two preceding calendar years. In obedience to this order of the 
Assembly it was necessary to cut $46,572 from last year's appropria- 
tions. To reduce appropriations this amount and not still further 
injure the work it was impossible to make provision for payment of 
the Committee's indebtedness. 

In four years, because of the shortage of funds, there has been 
a decrease of 165 in the number of enterprises, and a decrease of 160 
in the number of workers aided. When this decrease in the work 
of Home Missions is considered in the light of the other fact that 
Home Mission churches as a class show a larger percentage of gain 
upon profession, how long can the Southern Presbyterian Church 
survive these losses and continue to lead the denomination in pro- 
ductive Evangelism? 

It is the judgment of your Committee that there is no agency 
doing more for our denominational progress, or one that is more de- 
serving of the support of the whole Church than the Assembly's 
Home Missions. 

The following recommendations are offered : 

(i) That Sunday Schools be urged to study Home Missions as 
a part of the Church's great missionary responsibility, and that Sun- 
day, June 30 be the annual Home Mission Day with a special offer- 
ing for Assembly's Home Missions. 

(2) That November be assigned as the time for Home Mission 
study and preaching in all the churches, and November 17-24 as the 
Annual Week of Prayer and Self-Denial for Home Missions. 



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(3) That pastors be urged to preach on some phase of Assem- 
bly's Home Missions during November, and that Home Mission 
topics be used for prayer meeting discussions during Home Mission 
month. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. A. DILLARD, Chairman. 

The Committee on Vacancy and Supply submitted a 
report which was docketed to come up tomorrow. 

A popular meeting in the interest of Presbytery's Home 
Missions was conducted by Rev. J. M. Walker, chairman, 
and Rev. A. A. Walker, superintendent, assisted by Revs. 
E. G. Gammon, J. W. Stork, W. G. Thomas and Elder 
W. E. Price. The report of the Executive Committee of 
Home Missions was received and referred to the Standing 
Committee on Home Missions. 

Presbytery then adjourned until Thursday morning at 
9:30, 

Thursday Morning 

Presbytery reconvened at 9:30 a. m. and was led in 
devotional exercises by Rev. J. C. Grier. 

The Minutes of Wednesday sessions were read and ap- 
proved. 

The changes in the terms of the call from the Pleasant 
Hill Church for the pastoral services of Rev. R. W. Cul- 
bertson were approved by Presbytery, the call to read a 
yearly salary of $500.00 instead of $600.00. This was all 
done on the initiative of Rev. Mr. Culbertson, who was com- 
mended by the Presbytery. 

The Committee on Christian Education and Ministerial 
Relief submitted the following report which was adopted 
as amended: 

Your Committee on Christian Education and Ministerial Relief 
submits the following report : 

We have on our roll 24 candidates for the ministry, most of 
whom are in school, doing satisfactory work. 

We have one young lady in medical college preparing herself for 
services in the foreign field. 

During the year ending March 31, there was forwarded from 
Mecklenburg Presbytery to our Central Committee at Louisville, 



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$9,615.35, which is over $4,000.00 less than the amount contributed the 
year before. 

Your Committee would call attention to the fact that during the 
same time our beneficiaries received more than they did the pre- 
ceding year. 

The following recommendations are offered : 

1. That the Central Committee at Louisville be requested to 
make the following appropriations. 

Per Month 

Mrs. Mary T. Arrowood $25.00 

Mrs. Allie W. Cochran 37-50 

Mrs. Emma T. Hardin 45-00 

Rev. W. S. Hamiter 50.00 

Rev. L. H. Query 40.00 

Rev. A. H. Temple 42.00 

Rev. W. C. Underwood 45-00 

Rev. H. E. Gurney 50.00 

2. That Presbytery endorses the Ministers' Annuity Fund and 
commends it to the churches for their approval. 

J. W. GRIER, Chairman. 

Mr. J. M. Oldham, an elder of the First Presbyterian 
Cburch, of Charlotte, was extended the privileges of the 
floor in connection with the discussion of the Ministers' 
Annuity Fund. ' 

The matter of the Ministers' Annuity Fund was dock- 
eted for the adjourned meeting of Presbyjtery. 

Elders J. M. Oldham, W. E. Price and J. L. Choate 
were continued as a special committee to study and advise 
on the whole matter of this Annuity Fund. 

Mr. Oldham was given a rising vote of thanks for his 
assistance to an understanding of the Annuity Fund. 

A five-minute recess was taken before discussing the 
Order of the day. 

The report of the Foreign Missions Committee was re- 
ceived as information and the following recommendations 
adopted : 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS 
Recommendations 

I. That the Presbytery at this meeting engage in special prayer 
for such an outpouring of the Spirit on our churches as will enable 
the Executive Committee to send to all our Missions the desperately 



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needed reenforcements for which they are pleading, and will bring 
our whole Church into a deeper sympathy with Him on whose great 
heart lay ever closest and heaviest the burden of the unreached. 

2. That churches, societies, and individuals assume, wherever 
practicable, definite responsibility for definite parts of the Foreign 
Mission work. 

3. That rninisters give special attention this year to the mission- 
ary education program of their churches, noting the aid offered them 
by the Foreign Mission Educational Deportment in working out bet- 
ter rpeans of keeping their churches informed with regard to Foreign 
Missions. 

4. That all our church leaders utiHze to the utmost the Foreign 
Mission programs, literature, stereopticon slides, and visits from 
foreign missionaries, offered by the Educational Department, in or- 
der that missions may be given its scriptural place in all depart- 
ments of our church life. 

5. That during January, 1930, every Church in the Presbytery 
organize a Church School of Missions, using the approved Foreign 
Mission study books for each age group. 

6. That the Foreign Mission Chairman of this Presbytery 
arrange with the Foreign Mission office for missionary itineraries 
among all the churches within our bounds as often as opportunity 
affords. 

7. That Sunday Schools focus their attention this year upon the 
Foreign Mission Educational Work, designating their Foreign Mis- 
sion contributions to the $100,000 being raised in the Sunday Schools 
for this work, such offerings to be credited to the local church For- 
eign Mission budget. 

8. That Young People's Societies focus their attention this year 
upon the rehabilitation of our medical work in China, designating 
their Foreign Mission offerings to the $10,000 being raised in the 
societies for this work, such offerings to be credited to the local 
church Foreign Mission budget. 

EDGAR G. GAMMON, Chairman. 

The Committee on Sabbath and Family Religion sub- 
mitted its report which was received and the recommenda- 
tion adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON SABBATH AND FAMILY 
RELIGION 

We recommend that the Lord's Day Alliance and its work be 
commended to our people by our ministers from the pulpit and in 
their homes and the offering taken for this cause the last Sabbath 
of October. 

R. J. McILWAIN, Chairman. 

The report of the Committee on Evangelism was sub- 
mitted, and adopted : 



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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON EVANGELISM 

When our Lord was to be taken from His disciples and carried 
back to heaven, He gave to them that great commission v^hich ever 
since has been the marching orders of His Church, "Go ye into all 
the world and preach the gospel to every creature." And even as He 
raised His hands in a parting blessing, he said, "Lo I am with you 
always, even to the end of the world." History bears witness to the 
way in which He has kept His word. Where there has been the 
spirit of earnest evangelism, there has been evident the presence and 
the power of the great Head of the Church. On the other hand, 
when the Church has neglected this her foremost duty, always it has 
resulted in weakness and spiritual retrogression. As is the spirit of 
Evangelism, so is the life of the Church. 

In preparing this report for Presbytery we look to see what 
guidance or counsel might come to us from our General Assembly. 
That body seemed not to have considered the subject, at least not 
immediately. We turned for suggestions from the Synod; it too is 
silent. Our courts and our churches and our ministers and our mem- 
bers are so busy with organization and routine and detail that we 
are losing our appreciation of spiritual values. 

It is a thought producing fact that for the fiscal year ending 
March 31, 1928 (no later figures are available) the churches of our 
Presbytery received on profession of faith only one member for 
twenty-five who claim to have given themselves to Christ ; and in 
these figures our sixty-two ministers of the Presbytery are not in- 
cluded. Something is wrong. 

The statisticians tell us that less than half of the people of the 
United States are members of any Church, Protestant, Catholic, Jew- 
ish, Hindoo, or any other ; and meanwhile we mill around swapping 
transfers, and receiving our children from our Sunday Schools on 
profession of faith; and the restless masses are without Christ. 

At the fall meeting of Presbytery your committee on Evangelism 
reported 48 churches as having held special evangelistic services for 
a total of 438 days, with 365 professions of faith, and 254 accessions 
on profession and 64 by letter. Since that time 8 additional churches 
report meetings through 71 days, with 132 professions of faith, and 
81 accessions by profession and 21 by letter. This gives us a total of 
56 churches reporting evangelistic services through a total of 509 
days, with 497 professions of faith, and 335 additions on profession 
and 85 additions by letters of transfer. 

For these results we can thank God. But we would call attention 
to the fact that ZJ churches do not report special evangelistic serv- 
ices, and that in the call for volunteers for such services in the Pres- 
bytery we have response from only about 15 of our 62 ministers. 

Facts presented in this report are given not in any spirit of 
criticism, but that our ministers and ruling elders may begin to think 
more seriously in terms of evangelism ; and that they may be think- 
ing toward a constructive policy of evangelistic aggressiveness for 
our Presbytery. 



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Recommendations 

1. That our Pastors and Ruling Elders study prayerfully their 
own attitude towards the subject of Evangelism, whether in group 
meetings or in individual work for individuals. 

2. That the Presbytery urge every minister to engage in this 
work, remembering that our best efforts are most needed in our 
weaker churches. 

3. That when there is Presbyterial appointment for a minister 
to hold a series of services, that minister shall keep that appointment 
if not providentially hindered; but that the church is expected first 
to request him to come. « 

4. That the individual church shall defray the expenses of the 
visiting preacher. 

5. That the churches where meetings are to be held be in- 
structed to report to the chairman of this committee ; (a) the date 
set for the meeting as early as practicable after the arrangements 
have been completed; (b) that immediately after the close of the 
meetings they report to the chairman of the committee in the fol- 
lowing items : Name of preacher conducting the meeting ; date ; num- 
ber of days meeting continues; number of professions of faith; num- 
ber of accessions by profession; and number of accessions by letter. 

6. That at the fall meeting of Presbytery an hour be devoted to 
the study of evangelism under the direction of the committee on 
Evangelism. 

7. That the following assignments for meetings to be held dur- 
ing the year be approved : 

Peachland, J. W. Stork ; Polkton, J. M. Walker ; Pageland, W. H. 
Johnston; Beulah, W. T. Smith; Salem, A. A. Walker; Bethlehem, 
C. W. Sommerville ; Unionville, R. L. Patrick ; Midland, A. S. An- 
derson ; Mark's Creek, A. F. Doty; Marston, J. W. Stork; McLean 
Memorial, W. T. Smith; Rourk's Chapel, W. T. Smith; Six Mile 
Creek, A. A. Walker; Star, A. A. Walker; Turner, E. A. Dillard ; 
Lee Parks, L E. Wallace; Banks, S. B. Lyerly; Oakboro, W. T. 
Smith; Locust, R. J. Mcllwain; Stanfield, W. T. Smith; Roberdel, 
C. E. White; Cameronian, W. B. Mcllwaine; Brainard, A. A. Walk- 
er ; Midway, J. B. Reily ; Williams Memorial, A. A. Walker. 

Respectfully submitted. 

A. A. WALKER. 

WM. B. McILWAINE, JR. 

W. E. PRICE. 

The Committee on Men's Work submitted the following 
report which was adopted : 



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DEPARTMENT OF MEN'S WORK 

Your Committee on Department of Men's Work, created at this 
meeting of the Presbytery, in presenting its first report would recog- 
nize with us the great possibiHties of this department of our Church's 
work. 

Finding from the reports placed in our hands only nine churches 
with men's organizations, five of these Men's Qubs, four Men of the 
Church, and only two of these following wholly the Assembly's plan 
or organization, we feel that we are at the beginning of a difficult 
task. 

With so little thus far accomplished we recognize that ours must 
be a stimulating and promotional service. Where there is no in- 
terest we must seek to develop it, where there is a measure of in- 
terest we must seek to enlarge and sustain it. A real and vital in- 
terest must be created among men for the organization, a great deal 
of educational work must be done to prepare the way, organizations 
when effected must be nurtured. 

In accomplishing this task a survey of the field must be made 
by the committee, many letters must be written, the literature sup- 
plied, study groups secured, and the help of the committee made 
available, when desired, in effecting organizations. 

Realizing that little can be accomplished in this promotional 
work without the sympathetic cooperation of pastors and sessions 
we earnestly request of them a careful and prayerful study of the 
Constitution of the Men of the Church, the Monthly Programs, the 
Service Suggestions, and other literature of the department, believ- 
ing if they do they will find in the Men of the Church organization 
a plan of study and activity which will develop in their men a knowl- 
edge of the life and work of the Church, and which will result in the 
deepening of their spirituality. 

We therefore recommend : 

I. That a definite efifort be made by pastors and sessions to or- 
ganize the Men of the Church, whenever practicable according to the 
Constitution. 

2. That small churches composing a group be organized in one 
organization with one group in each church of the group. 

3. That we ask Dr. Purcell, Executive Secretary of Men's Work, 
to put on at least one training class in our Presbytery. 

4. That we pledge our support to the Men's Conference at Mon- 
treat to be held during the summer, and that the churches secure as 
many delegates as possible to the conference. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LYNN R. WALKER, 

I. E. WALLACE, 

A. F. DOTY, 

J. E. McLAUCHLIN, 

H. J. SPENCER, 

C. PARKS BROWN, Committee 



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The Stated Clerk was given permission to complete, the 
statistical report at his leisure. 

The Committee on Assessments reported and their re- 
port was adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ASSESSMENTS 

Your committee notes the fact that the Home Mission churches 
more than others are faiUng in the payment of the Presbyterial Tax. 

In view of this situation, the following recommendation is of- 
fered : During the coming year, the Stated Clerk shall make every 
effort to secure the tax from all the churches. If any of the churches 
on the Home Mission Committee fail to meet the tax at a reasonable 
time before the spring meeting of Presbytery the names of such 
churches shall be placed in the hands of the Superintendent, A. A. 
Walker, and he shall be instructed to do all in his power to aid them 
in raising the amounts due. 

E. G. GAMMON, Chairman. 

Presbytery took recess for lunch. 

Thursday Afternoon 

Presbytery reconvened at 2 :(X) p. m. The following re- 
port of the Committee on Leave of Absence was adopted: 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE COMMITTEE 

Excused after Wednesday afternoon — Rev. J. A. Caligan, C. A. 
Bland, J. G. McElroy, W. B. Blount, W. R. Price, T. M. Davis, J. M. 
Miller. 

After Thursday morning — Dr. J. I. Campbell, H. T. Baldwin, 
Nat. C. White. 

Excused for attendance upon this meeting of Presbytery: 

Rev. W. S. Hamiter, Rev. W. P. Chedester, Rev. J. A. McQueen. 

Permission to labor without bounds of Presbytery till spring 
meeting: W. S. Hamiter and Chedester. 

H. T. BALDWIN, Committee. 
R. W. CULBERTSON, 

The Committee on Revision of Manual reported progress 
and asked to be continued till the Fall meeting of Presby- 
tery. The request was granted. 

The Committee on Sabbath Schools and Young Peoples* 
Work submitted the following report which was adopted 
as amended, and is as follows : 



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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 

The Committee on Religious Education reports as follows : 

I. Department of the Sunday School 

Your Committee has looked over the reports of the Sunday 
schools of the Presbytery, has tabulated these reports, and has placed 
its report in the hands of the Stated Clerk. We want to call the 
attention of Presbytery to these facts which impressed the Com- 
mittee. 

1. Several churches have no Sunday schools, or did not report 
on them. Those failing to report are Allen, Camden, Lilesville, Mc- 
Lean Memorial, Midland, Oakboro, Palestine, Peachland, Pee Dee, 
Pineville, Polkton, Porter, Six Mile Creek, Stanfield, Star, Stephen- 
son, Tabernacle, and Wadeville. The Sunday school of today is the 
church of tomorrow, and no church can hope to get hold of the 
young people and children of the community, or hope to grow with- 
out a growing Sunday school. We would urge the organization of 
Sunday schools in all these churches if possible. 

2. Only thirty-four Sunday schools report pupils added to the 
church on confession during the year. This Committee is of the 
opinion that our superintendents and teachers are losing a golden 
opportunity here to get these boys and girls to take a definite stand 
for Christ and the church. 

3. Only eleven schools report a Home Department. We suggest 
that this matter be given more careful consideration by our Superin- 
tendents, and where found practicable, such Departments be added. 

4. We want to call your attention to the fact that many of these 
reports are so poorly made out and so incornplete as to be worthless 
for the purpose for which they are intended. This is doubtless true 
of other reports than those of the Sunday school. 

We would, therefore, recommend that the Stated Clerk address 
a letter to all the ministers of the Presbytery near the close of the 
church year urging them to take personal oversight of the making 
up of all reports to Presbytery, and see that they are properly and 
promptly made out. 

II. Department of Young People's Work 

In some respects the Young People's work of the Presbytery is 
making satisfactory progress. The Societies already in existence 
seem to be doing splendid work, though there are too few of such 
organizations. We believe there is no other work connected with 
the church that is doing so much to develop the future leadership 
of the church as this. We believe there should be some form of 
organization among the young people of each of our churches, and 
would recommend that such work be organized where it does not 
already exist. 

At the meeting of Presbytery last October the Committee on 
Young People's Work was given permission to put on a conference 
for the young people of the Presbytery at Queens College sometime 
this summer. The Committee is not sure that this is the best place 



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for this conference, and asks that the time and place for such a 
meeting be left in the hands of the Committee. 

The following is a summary of the statistical report of the 
Young People's Work of the Presbytery showing the progress that 
has been made during the year. 

Senior Societies 

A year ago there were 35 organizations with an enrollment of 
1,296. At present we have 36 organizations with an enrollment of 
1,510. 

Intermediate Societies 

A year ago 11 organizations were reported having a membership 
of 256. At present 12 such societies were reported with a member- 
ship of 385. 

Junior Societies 

One year ago there were 18 societies with an enrollment of 506. 
Today we have 24 Junior societies with a membership of 580. 

Other Forms 

A year ago seven forms of Young People's work other than 
Christian Endeavor were reported. Now there are ten such. 

Contributions 

A year ago all the societies of the Presbytery reported $753 
contributed to benevolences, and $1,268 to the work of the local 
church. During the year just closed they contributed $1,410 to 
benevolences, and $1,578 to the local church work, making a gain 
of $969 for the year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

S. B. LYERLY, General Chairman. 

The Committee on Bills and Overtures reported that no 
matters for attention had come into its hands. 

The report of the Standing Committee on Presbytery's 
Home Missions was adopted as follows : 

HOME MISSIONS 

Your Standing Committee on Home Missions would make the 
following report : 

We have examined the report of the Executive Committee of 
Home Missions, and would commend the Committee for its faithful 
application to the tasks submitted to it by the Presbytery; their 
comprensive grasp of the whole problem of Presbyterial Home Mis- 
sions and the carefully prepared and comprehensive report of their 
work to the Presbytery. 

We would especially commend Rev. J. M. Walker, Chairman, 
Rev. A. A. Walker, Superintendent, and Ruling Elder W. E. Price, 
Treasurer, for their faithfulness and efficiency. 



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We recommend the adoption of the report, including all its recom- 
mendations. 

Charles R. Nesbit, Chairman, 
N. C. White, 
E. A. Dillard. 

REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF HOME 
MISSIONS OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

For the Year Ending March 31, 1929, 

In making our report for the past year's work we are moved by a 
deep sense of gratitude to Almighty God for His manifest blessings 
upon our efforts. His favor has been with us at all times, and the 
Unseen Hand has led in the way. We would record our high appre- 
ciation also of the fine support which we have received from 
churches, societies, Sunday schools, and individuals. At no time has 
the interest in the work lagged. For this reason many of the prob- 
lems which the committee has had to face have been made easy, and 
our burden light. 

As we look at the work as a whole, and realize the importance of 
home missions in the great scheme of redemption, we know we are 
dealing with that which is basic. Home Missions has to do with the 
opening up of the fountains of our Church's life. We are making 
seed-beds for our larger town and city churches. We are preparing 
men and women who are to be the future leaders in the Church. 
And we are setting agoing great moulding and uplifting influences 
for the Kingdom of God and our Church in all these sections of our 
Presbytery. Some of these Churches are destined in the days ahead 
to become strong- self-supporting Churches. In fact, statistics show 
that the vast majority of the self-supporting Churches today began 
in just this way — first, a Home Mission Church. They will in turn 
help to carry on this work, and support the other causes of the King- 
dom. Others are compelled by circumstances over which they have 
little or no control, to struggle along for years as weak Home Mis- 
sion Churches. And probably there are others which will never be- 
come self-supporting, but having served their day and generation will 
die a natural death, and be called to their reward. But what of that? 
Our mission is to press forward. The challenge is loud. The need is 
urgent. Our response to this appeal is bound to determine the future 
of our Church in all this territory. The aggressive Home Mission 
Church is a growing Church. Retrench, and we die. The fields are 
white unto the harvest for the Church that has the courage to enter. 
We are limited in this great work mainly by the lack of funds with 
which to do it. We rejoice to know that the Churches have a firm 
hold on this truth also, and as a consequence we have been enabled 
to report each year, now for a number of years, with the exception 
of this year, a larger contribution to this cause than the previous 
years. It is this increased interest, thus manifested, that brings joy 
to your committee, and gives them heart in the work. 

I. The Work 

In a brief review of the work we can hope to touch but a few of 
the many interesting matters that come before us during the year. 



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While the character of the work on the whole remains the sarng^nd 
there are many problems in common from year to year, still the com- 
plexion of the work is ever changing. It is this that creates the new 
problems for us, and at the same time makes the work most inter- 
esting. 

1. Our responsibility: 

We now have 49 churches and seven mission points under the 
care of the home mission committee. These Churches are grouped 
into 19 separate pastoral charges. The Bethel and Cornelius group 
of Churches, with the beginning of the new church year, become 
self-supporting. They are to be congratulated upon this new step; 
and we hope for them still larger things as they go alone. 

One new Church was organized during the year, that at Midway 
near Rockingham; and one new Sunday School in the Ellerbe group. 

The committee has on its list a number of Churches which are 
working hard to become self-supporting within the next year or two. 
We hope to report a long list of these at our next annual meeting. 
Self-support should be the ideal of all these Churches, whatever their 
condition : that funds now being used for their support might be 
released for new work. We have many new fields which have gone 
all too long already unoccupied by our Church. 

2. The men on the field : 

All the home mission churches are being regularly served either 
with a pastor or stated supply with the exception of the Pageland, 
Beulah, and Salem group ; and Bethlehem, Unionville, and Midland. 
Our superintendent is arranging for student supplies for these two 
groups during the summer. We look forward with delight to the 
coming of a number of young men from the Seminary to take perma- 
nent work with us. Some of these have been with us each summer 
during their Seminary course. 

We have had fewer changes in the home mission fields during the 
past year than for a number of years. This has not only made for 
the stabiHty and progress of the work, but it has lessened greatly the 
task assigned the committee. The men have been working stead- 
fastly, saying little and sacrificing much for the cause of the King- 
dom; and the Church should esteem them highly for their work's 
sake. They have been doing splendid service, and it is beginning to 
tell. Last year they had 213 professions of faith^ and they received 
into the Church on profession, 175, and by letter 136, making a total 
of 331 added to the Church from the home mission fields. They 
preached 1,567 sermons, 157 of which were by our Supt. Rev. A. A. 
Walker. 

3. The Building Program: 

We have just been through a great building era in our home mis- 
sion churches. As a matter of fact we are not through with it yet, but 
rather, we are right in the midst of it, with many new Churches yet to 
be erected. Some of the Churches which have built, have erected only 
the first unit of their plant, namely, the Sunday school building ; as in 



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the case of Wilmore and the Plaza. Counting these the following 
Churches have new church buildings : Wilmore. Plaza. Thomasboro, 
Cornelius. Candor, Norman, Ellerbe. Marston, Mt. Gilead. Norwood, 
Badin, Tabernacle, Lee Park, Turner, Marshville, Beulah, and Stevenson. 
It is to be noted that the Churches which have in recent years become 
self-supporting have been Churches that have had new church buildings. 
This itself is one indication of the value of a good church plant in the 
work of the Kingdom. 

Churches which have their plans for building, and in some cases are 
already in the act of building are these : North Charlotte, Troy, Biscoe, 
Star, Lilesville, Bethlehem, and Waxhaw. One or two others are plan- 
ning extensive remodeling of their old church buildings ; others have 
manses to build. It is evident with such a building program on as this, 
the committee will be hard put to to find the funds \yith which to help 
on in this laudable work. Because of adverse circumstances in the 
local congregation some of these churches are struggling under a heavy 
building debt. We must help them as far as we are able. For that reason 
we again call the attention of the Presbytery to the importance of having 
a special fund for just this work. We earnestly hope that the Presby- 
ter>- can devise some plan for securing just such a iund. which cer- 
tainly should not be less than S25,000 to begin with. It could be loaned 
at a low rate of interest to be paid back to the committee over a long 
term of years. 

II. Finances 

Total receipts from Churches, Societies. Sunday Schools, and indi- 
viduals amounted to 517,648.05 as compared to last year's S22.026.63 or 
a decrease of S4.378.58. It should be said here, the opening paragraphs 
of this report were written before the final report of the treasurer was 
received. Right up to the last it looked as if our receipts for the year 
would equal or surpass those of last year, and no one of the committee 
was prepared for the sudden drop in receipts. Some of the Churches 
which we have been in the habit of depending on rather strongly have 
not sent in their usual funds. Word comes at the last moment that these 
funds have been sent in but they will be received too late for our Treas- 
urer to get them in this year's .report. Total receipts for the year includ- 
ing a balance of $3658.59 with which we began the year, and the Pied- 
mont Fire Ins. Co. fund of S1435. received upon the burning of the 
North Charlotte Church, and the Oakboro Manse fund of S594.18. and 
<.crtain notes which the committee held to the amount of $650.00 and a 
small interest fund, all of which you will find listed in the treasurer's 
report amounted to $24,109.95. 

Total expenditures for the year amounted to $20,522.26 or about 
S2,500 more than we received from all the Churches, Societies, Sunday 
School, and individuals combined. We report a balance on hand of 
S3, 587. 33, due to the fact that we cut down to the bone all through 
the summer and winter months hoping to have enough in the end of the 
year to meet the pressing building needs. This will have to be carried 
over into the new year, and will form a problem for us all this coming 
year. 

III. Policies 

We restate some of the policies of the committee. They have become 
established by long usage, and the repeated approval of the Presbytery. 
We restate them for emphasis. 



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1. It is the policy of the committee to reduce all appropriations to the 
fields each year 10 per cent. This is done to create within the Church 
the desire to become self-supporting. Each Church is expected to make 
up this difference to its pastor, and perchance more as the effort is being 
made. Your committee feels that Presbytery should lay this matter 
forcibly upon all these Home Mission Churches, and it might be done 
with profit to others that are not Home Mission Churches. The funds 
thus released can be used in developing other needy fields, and in opening 
up new work. 

2. The committee will expect every pastor engaged in Home Mission 
work to live on the field he serves. 

3. The committee will expect all applications for aid in building 
churches and manses to be made in writing. Such applications must 
show cost of building contemplated, and the amount of money already 
raised for the same. The committee must formally pass upon all appli- 
cations before they can be held as binding for appropriations. Further, 
Churches expecting to receive aid from the Home Hission committee 
in building either church or manse are requested to confer with the 
committee in regard to the site, the style of building, and the plans for 
financing the same, before they actually begin operation. 

4. The committee will expect all Home Mission churches and 
manses to be properly insured, and care taken to see this insurance is 
kept up. 

5. Churches receiving aid from the Home Mission committee are 
expected to pay in full their apportionment to Presbytery's Home 
Missions. 

IV. Recommendations 

1. That Rev. A. A. Walker be re-elected Superintendent of Presby- 
tery's Home Missions. 

2. That Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine be re-elected evangelist of Union and 
Anson counties. 

3. That Presbytery grant the following supplies : 

A. S. Anderson, Badin and Palestine ; J. B. Reily, Roberdel, Brain- 
ard, Cameronian and Midway ; C. E. White, Waxhaw, and Tabernacle. 

Student Supplies : 

M. R. Moss, Bethlehem, Midland, and Unionville; J. A. Mclntyre, 
Pageland, Beulah, and Salem. 

4. That a conference for the workers and their wives on the Home 
Mission fields to be held on June 11, at Morven at the expense of the 
committee. 

5. That the Home Mission committee be given the authority to sell 
the Allen Church and land, and purchase a lot for a new building near 
the Clear Creek consolidated high school, if the way be clear, and it 
seems good to the committee. 



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6. In view of the pressing needs of the work, and especially because 
of the great building era through which we are going just now, and 
the many demands made upon the committee for this special form of 
assistance. Presbytery urges upon each church, when it is at all pos- 
sible, to pay in full its apportionment to Presbytery's Home Missions, 
namely, 15 per cent of the total budget. 

7. That Presbytery approve the following appropriations for the year 
1929-30 : 

Superintendent's Salary $3,000.00 

Indian Trail and Siler 720.00 

Troy, Wadeville and Star 750.00 

Ellerbe, Mt. Carmel, and Norman 580.00 

Oakboro, Locust, and Stanfield 1,200.00 

Pageland, Beulah, and Salem 1,200.00 

Robinson 275.00 

Peachland and Polkton 1,000.00 

Roberdel, Brainard, Cameronian, and Midway 300.00 

Walkersville, Rehoboth, Bethany and Altan__ 800.00 

Candor, Biscoe, and Macedonia 700.00 

North Charlotte 1,200.00 

Wilmore 700.00 

Waxhaw, Marshville, and Tabernacle 100.00 

Unionville, Bethlehem and Midland 1,200.00 

Mark's Creek, Marston, McLean Mem., Rourk's Chapel 1,200.00 

Morven, Lilesville, and Camden 900.00 

Six Mile Creek 175.00 

Superintendent's traveling expenses 1,200.00 

Union County Evangelist 600.00 

Mt. Gilead Heating Plant 500.00 

Training School Workers 300.00 

Incidental Expenses 500.00 

Church Buildings Promised 4,000.00 

Total $22,380.00 

NOTE — The Treasurer's Report properly audited and signed is 
hereby attached. 

Chairman. 

W. E. PRICE, TREASURER HOME MISSIONS COMMITTEE 
MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

MARCH 30, 1929 
Receipts 

Balance Report March 31, 1928 $ 3,658.59 

Churches, Aux. Societies, Sunday School and Individ. 17,648.05 

Dividends from Commercial Nat'l Bank 24.00 

W. E. Price for note paid 650.00 

Piedmont Fire Ins. Co., N. Charlotte Church 1,435.00 

Interest received on Cert, of dept. and notes 93.13 

J. G. Garth, Evangelism Committee 7.00 

Oakboro Bank Manse Fund 594.18 

Total Receipts $24,109.95 



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Disbursements 

Workers, Supt Salary, Exp. to April 1, 1929 $14,864.15 

Special Expenses A. A. Walker, Supt 46.10 

Cabinet for filing, A. A. Walker, Supt 43.85 

Insurance Automobile 28.00 

Printing 52.45 

Home Mission Conference Expenses 49.83 

Paint for Robinson, Polkton, Camden and Indian 

Trail Churches 202.55 

Postage by Treasurer ^ 5.00 

Expenses Evangelism Committee 7.75 

Ellerbe Church — Note Jefferson Standard Life 336.81 

Thomasboro Church Heating Plant 500.00 

Training School to Rev. P. W. Wilson 300.00 

Brainard Church Bldg., repairs 500.00 

Pageland Church Bldg., note A. N. Sharpe, Atla., Ga. 315.00 

R. E. Rogers, note Statesville Avenue Fund 800.00 

Mutual B. & L. cert. Oakboro Group Manse 600.00 

Mech. B. & L. Cert., N. Charlotte Funds 1,500.00 

Note Candor Church, charge back at Bank 401.13 

Balance in Bank 3,587.33 

Total disbursements $24,109.95 

Liabilities 

Due Thomasboro Church, balance of $250.00 

Due Roberdel Manse 400.00 

^$650.00 

Assets 

Note Statesville Avenue .__$ 856.30 

Two Shares Stock Com. Nat'l Bank 450.00 

Dodge Sedan 500.00 

Cert. Dept. F. & M. Bank 2,000.00 

B. & L. Cert. N. Charlotte 1,500.00 

B. & L. Cert. Oakboro 600.00 

Candor Church Note 400.00 

$6,306.30 

We have carefully audited the books of W. E. Price, Treasurer of 
Home Mission Committee, and find same correct as per above statement. 

J. F. Jamison, . 

J. L. Williamson. 
Respectfully submitted, 

W. E. Price, Treas. 

The Committee on Schools and Colleges reported and 
the report was adopted as amended and is as follows : 

SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

Your permanent Committee on Schools and Colleges begs leave 
to submit the following report : 

We have examined the report of Queens College referred to us 



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by the Presbytery and would call attention to the following interest- 
ing facts reflecting a splendid condition in the college under the 
administration of Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., President. 

The total enrollment has been 327, consisting of 56 Seniors, 45 
Juniors, 88 Sophomores, 114 Freshmen, and 24 Specials. We will 
graduate 56 Seniors on the 28th day of May. 

The financial report given to the Board of Trustees on the 15th 
day of February was very encouraging, and since that time the col- 
lege has met all bills, and on April 6th had in bank $5,580.14, and 
bills receivable of $23,328.59, making a total of $28,908.73 as a fund 
upon which to finish the session. The 3'ear will be closed without 
a deficit. The work in every wa}^ is encouraging. 

The thing of greatest importance for the Institution is the raising 
of the remaining part of the Endowment. The Committee appointed 
by the Board of Trustees, of which Airs. C. C. Hook is chairman, 
has been diligently at work planning a campaign for the securing of 
$200,000.00. The active part of this campaign is to begin on April 
14th and run through April 21st, the soliciting being done by the 
Alumnae Association largely, together with women from the various 
Presbyterian churches within the bounds of the controlling Presby- 
teries. We feel that this is the most important thing that is before 
the Church of today. The Chairman of the Campaign Committee, 
Mrs. Hook, called the ministers of the Presbyteries together for a 
conference in Januar)^ and secured from them a promise to either 
preach on the subject of Christian education on April 14th, or to 
make reference to the campaign which is beginning on that day. 

The success of this campaign now means the establishing of the 
Institution upon a permanent basis. ^ 

We have had no report from Davidson College, and only a finan- 
cial report from Albemarle Normal and Industrial Institute sub- 
mitted by Miss Kate B. Pridgen, Principal. There was no report 
from the Trustees. The financial statement submitted covering the 
period from June 14th. 1928, to April ist, 1929, is as follows: 

RECEIPTS 

Received from Students $3,762.09 

Received from Synod 991.46 

Received from Other Sources 822.21 

TOTAL RECEIPTS $5,57576 

Note due March 19, 1929 $ 600.00 

Note due March 29, 1929 1,100.00 

Note due April 17, 1929 1,500.00 

3,200.00 

$8,775.76 



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DISBURSEMENTS 

Overdraft June 14, 1928 $ 588.80 

Teachers' Salaries 5,53i-55 

Food 1,766.53 

Fuel 323-30 

Repairs 1 414.88 

Interest 89.50 

Advertising . 225.48 

Insurance . 434-56 

Checks returned, plus protest fee 90.34 

Postage, supplies, Hghts, telephone, etc 483.36 

TOTAL DISBURSEMENT^ $9,948.30 

Overdraft April i, 1929 1,172.54 

$8,775.76 

Budget for April and May $2,500.00 

Amount due from Pupils 1,127.29 

REMAINDER $1,372.71 

ESTIMATED DEFICIT FOR YEAR 

Notes $3,200.00 

Overdraft 1,172.54 

Budget deficit 1,372.71 

$5,745-25 
K. Pridgen. 

RECOMMENDATIONS 

1. That the campaign of Queens College for the raising of $200,- 
000.00 to begin April 14th, and continue through April 21st be again 
endorsed and the same given enthusiastic support by all our Minis- 
ters and Churches. That to this end Presbytery hereby designates 
April 14th, as Queens College Day in all the churches, and that our 
Ministers be urged to present this cause to all the people. 

2. We recommend the closing of Albemarle Normal and Industrial 
Institute at the close of the present school year, and direct the Trus- 
tees of Presbytery to visit the school, investigate the financial situa- 
tion especially the notes due by the school as set forth in the above 
report, and report to Presbytery at its adjourned meeting their 
findings. 

3. We further direct the Trustees of the Presbytery to examine 
the Title to the property of the Albemarle Normal and Industrial 
Institute and take such steps as may be necessary to protect the 
interests of this Presbytery in the same, reporting their actions to 
the Presbytery. 

Dr. W. H. Frazer was heard in the interest of Queens 
College in connection with the above report. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 2,7 

The matter of Albemarle Institute was docketed for the 
adjourned meeting of Presbytery. 

The Board of Trustees of the Albemarle Institute were 
ordered to meet on the 29th of April to formulate a report 
to Presbytery for the adjourned meeting. 

The Trustees of the Presbytery were requested to visit 
the Albemarle Institute, to investigate the finances and the 
title to property of that school and report back to the ad- 
journed meeting. 

The Committee on Women's Work submitted the fol- 
lowing report which was adopted. 

WOMEN'S SCX:iETIES 

Your committee on Women's Societies begs leave to submit the 
following excellent report on the Auxiliaries of this Presbytery, and 
to commend the women for the splendid work they are doing, and 
for the fine organization they have effected among the churches of 
this Presbytery. We are offering the report handed in by the Pres- 
byterial Auxiliary, which is so finely led by its president, Mrs. A. A. 
Walker, and her fellow officers. 

We are also submitting the names of the officers of the Presby- 
terial as they have been chosen for the current year : 

ANNUAL STATISTICAL REPORT OF WOMEN'S AUXILIARY 

Mecklenburg Presbyterial 

1928-1929 

Churches in Presbytery having organization 68 

Auxiliaries in Presbyterial, 67 — Members 4,814 

Auxiliaries averaging 50 per cent in attendance 17 

Auxiliaries including all women on church roll 43 

Auxiliaries divided into circles 49 

Auxiliaries whose general circles shift annually 40 

Business Women's Circles, 18 — Members 717 

Home Circles, 17 — Members 255 

Contributians 
To Denominational Benevolences: 

1. Foreign Missions $13,008 

2. Assembly's Home Missions (To Atlanta) 4,818 

(a) Birthday Gift — Nurses Training School 1,579 

3. Christian Education and Ministerial Relief 2,332 

4. Publication and Sabbath School Work 563 

5. Assem. Train. School for Lay Workers 249 

6. Bible Cause 233 

7. Synod's Home Missions 2,068 

8. Orphans' Home 6,848 

9. Educational Institutions 3,i93 

10. Presbytery's Home Missions 3,527 

Total Denominational Benevolences $38,418 



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To Local Church Work: 

11. Expenses of Local Auxiliary: 

(a) Local Auxiliary Contingent Fund $ 4,273 

(b) Pres. and Syn. Contingent Fund 953 

12. Building Expense ii,i73 

Total Local Church Work $i6,399 

13. Miscellaneous Contributions $12,762 

Total Denominational Benevolences $38,418 

Total Local Church Work_^ 16,399 

Total Miscellaneous Contributions 12,762 

GRAND TOTAL ALL CONTRIBUTIONS $67,579 

Amount per capita . $14.00 

ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL REPORT OF WOMEN'S AUXILIARY 

Mecklenburg Presbyterial 

1928-1929 

Prayer Bands 161 Members 2,063 

Women's Bible Classes 123 Members 2,067 

Family Altars 722 Tithers 976 

Auxiliaries presenting Stewardship during year 46 

Mission Study Classes: 

Foreign 57 Members 1,642 Meetings 105 

Home 51 Members 1,383 Meetings 119 

Auxiliaries undertaking White Cross Work 41 

Auxiliaries observing season of Prayer and Self -Denial for Missions: 

Foreign. 42 Home 38 

Volunteers for Life Service __ 16 

High School Circles 5 Members 87 

Junior Circles 13 Members 266 

Church School of Missions ^ 4 

Copies Prayer Calendar taken 1,025 

Survey Subscribers 1,394 

Survey Canvasses made 52 

Church Paper Subscribers 1,271 

Church Paper Canvasses made 48 

Auxiliaries using Year Book of Programs 46 

Auxiliaries doing Christian Social Service 37 

Standard for Women's Auxiliary 

Blue Circle Auxiliaries 22 

Silver Circle Auxiliaries 14 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 39 

OFFICERS MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERIAL 

1929-1930 

President Mrs. A. A. Walker, Charlotte, N. C. 

Vice-President Mrs. J. B. Spillman, Charlotte, N. C. 

Recording Secretary Mrs. J. E. Driscoll, Charlotte, N. C. 

Corresponding Secretary Mrs. J. P. Stowe, Charlotte, N. C. 

Secretaries of Causes 

Foreign Missions Mrs, W. A. Henderson, Monroe, N. C. 

Assembly's Home Missions Mrs. Flynn Wolfe, Charlotte, N. C. 

S. S. Ext. and Y. P. Work Mrs. Sydney Alverson, Charlotte, N. C. 

Spiritual Life Mrs. Guy A. Burns, Charlotte, N. C. 

Literature Mrs. J. T. Rigler, Charlotte, N. C. 

S. & P. Home Missions Mrs. C. G. Long, Albemarle, N. C. 

Christian Social Service Mrs. H. B. Hunter, Charlotte, N. C. 

Orphanage Work Mrs. Lynn Walker, Hamlet, N. C. 

District Chairmen 

Charlotte District—Mrs. L L. Black, 1513 E. 4th St., Charlotte, N. C. 

Anson County Mrs. L. C. Broome, Peachland, N. C. 

Mecklenburg County.Mrs. J. B. Watt, Jr., R. F. D. 3, Charlotte, N. C. 

Montgomery County Mrs. John McMillan, Candor, N. C. 

Stanley County Miss Annie Morrow, Albemarle, N. C. 

Union County Mrs. T. H. Mitchell, Indian Trail, N. C. 

Richmond County Mrs. R. T. Pigue, Hamlet, N. C. 

The Committee on Synod's Minutes submitted a report 
which was adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON SYNOD'S MINUTES 

Your committee on Synod's Minutes does not find anything 
which demands action by the Presbytery, but we would call your 
attention to the following items : 

p. 28 — Synod through its Stewardship Committee urges each 
Presbytery to assume responsibility for putting on the every mem- 
ber canvass. 

p. 31- — Synod heartily and earnestly commends The Junior Col- 
lege for Men to the interest and support of the Presbyteries. 

P- 33 — Syiiod urges all Presbyteries to take steps to set up Pres- 
byterial Young' People's Conferences. 

p. 39 — All Presbyteries of Synod and their agencies are urged to 
give their printing to the Presbyterian Standard. 

p. 43— With regard to the proposal to establish a Permanent 
Judicial Commission of the Assembly the Synod says : "This pro- 
posed change in our method of procedure in judicial business de- 



40 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

serves most careful and prayerful attention by all our Presbyteries." 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. H. JOHNSTON, 
N. C WHITE, 
R. W. ELLIOTT. 

The Committee on Sessional Records reported as fol- 
lows, and the report was adopted : 

SESSIONAL RECORDS 

Your committee on Sessional Records submits the following 
report : 

Session books of the following churches were approved without 
exception. Myers Park, Wadesboro, Amity, Waxhaw, Norman, 
Bethany, Sugaw Creek, Norwood, Paw Creek, Caldwell Memorial, 
Thomasboro, St. Paul, Tenth Avenue, Charlotte First, Mulberry, 
Albemarle First, Hopewell, Sharon, Monroe First, Steel Creek, Hun- 
tersville, Williams Memorial, Mt. Carmel, Second Presbyterian, West 
Avenue, Rockingham, Ellerbe, Macedonia, Hamlet, McGee, Wil- 
moore. Pleasant Hill, Mt. Gilead. 

Session books of the following churches were approved with the 
following exceptions : 

First — Those that did not hold regular quarterly meetings. Plaza, 
Robinson, Cornelius, Candor, Walkersville, Pageland, Ramah, Union- 
ville, Central Steel Creek, Pee Dee, Banks, Philadelphia, North 
Charlotte, Westminster, Marks Creek, Bethlehem, Oakboro, Mc- 
Lean's Memorial, Newell, Mallard Creek. 

Second — ^Those not having minutes for first part of year at all. 
Indian Trail and Midway. 

Third — Those having no minutes at all. Biscoe. 

We are glad to notice that the churches having meetings opened 
or closed their meetings with prayer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. T. SMITH, Chairman. 

The report of the Committee on Orphans' Home was 
submitted and adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ORPHANS' HOME 

There are now 356 children in the Orphans' Home at Barium 
Springs. It has been necessary to cut down on the intake of chil- 
dren, only so many being admitted as will maintain this capacity 
population of the Home. Through the past year 42 children have 
been dismissed and 43 have been admitted. 



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260 applications have been investigated by the field worker. In 
addition to these investigated applications there have been almost 
as many more coming to the Superintendent's desk, which at once 
showed some feature setting them beyond the province of the insti- 
tution's interest. The field worker has done much, through co-oper- 
ation with other relief agencies, to take unnecessary responsibility 
from our orphanage. 

Barium Springs is not the lowest among orphanages in per 
capita expenditures, but it is well below the average. 

Barium Springs has a larger percentage of children of Presby- 
terian parentage than any other orphanage of the Southern Assem- 
bly, except one. 

While our orphanage has a splendid equipment and staff of 
workers, it is below standard in income. It is also below standard 
in having too many children to a dormitory. 

At the close of the past church year the Superintendent reports : 
"We are twenty-five thousand dollars behind the final wind up of 
last year." 

In view of these facts your committee requests Presbytery to 
urge all the churches, 

(i) To promote an active interest in the Orphans' Home. 

(2) To be faithful in giving to the institution its full percentage 
of the benevolent offerings. 

(3) To be as liberal as possible in "over and above gifts" to the 
orphanage on special occasions, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

J^espectfully submitted, 

W. H. JOHNSTON, 
R. W. CULBERTSON, 
W. A. JAMISON. 

It being determined that the Presbytery had more than 
16,000 memberships, an additional minister and elder with 
alternates were elected as follows : 

Ministers : Lynn R. Walker, Alternates W. C. Under- 
wood and S. B. Lyerly. 

Elders : T. J. Smith, Alternates J. W. McCain and F. H. 
Andrews. 

The following Commissions were appointed to ordain 
and install Messrs. Cooper and Prince : 



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ORDINATION OF W. C. COOPER 

Commission to ordain and install Mr. W. C. Cooper in 
the Oakboro Group of Churches on the second Sunday in 
June : 

Rev. A. A. Walker, Chairman, with Rev. J. A. Caligan, 
Rev. W. C. Underv^ood, Alternates C. C. Beam, J. W. Stork, 
Elder W. E. Price, Alternate R. L. Martin. 

ORDINATION OF M. B. PRINCE 

A. A. Walker, C. E. White, R. J. McIWaine. Alternates 
J. A. Caligan, W. G. Thomas, Elder W. H. Belk, Alternate 
Dr. J. I. Campbell. 

The Executive Committee of Home Missions was re- 
elected for the new church year with the addition of Dr. 
Hardie. 

Dr. J. R. Bridges and Rev. J. G. Garth were heard in 
the interests of the Presbyterian Standard. 

The report of the Committee on Vacancy and Supply 
was taken from the docket and adopted as follows: 



COMMITTEE OF VACANCY AND SUPPLY 

For the information of the churches of the Presbytery 
we repeat part of the report made by this committee to 
Presbytery a year ago, as follows : 

The Bureau of Vacancy and Supply is one of the most service- 
able departments of our Assembly's work. This Bureau, under the 
direction of Rev. J. D. Leslie, D.D., Stated Clerk of the Assembly, 
with his office at 1521 Kirby building, Dallas, Texas, holds itself in 
readiness to be helpful to vacant churches seeking a pastor, and to 
ministers who, for any reason are seeking a change in their pas- 
torates. 

The service of this bureau is without cost either to church or 
minister, and all correspondence is strictly confidential. Dr. Leslie 
gives the assurance that no publicity will be given that is not author- 
ized by the minister registering. 

Any vacant church wishing a pastor is urged to make its desire 
known to this bureau, stating the conditions of the field, the salary 
paid, and any other information that may be necessary. Dr. Leslie 
will immediately send to the church thus registering the name of a 
man who may seem to meet the needs of the field. A vacant church 
need have no hesitation in availing itself of the help of this bureau, 
as the usual procedure in the call of a pastor may be followed. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 43 



Presbytery's committee of Vacancy and Supply, during the past 
year, has offered its services to the churches that have become 
vacant, to moderate their congregational meetings, help them secure 
pastors, and as far as v^e could supply them with preaching. Quite 
a number of churches have availed themselves of our help. To the 
best of our ability, we are ready to help in this same service for 
the future. 

Through the kindness of Mr. W. E. Price, a member of this 
committee, we have maintained an unofficial bureau of Supply dur- 
ing this past year. In the beginning of the year, we invited all 
ministers who were available for temporary Supply work to regis- 
ter with Mr. Price; the churches wishing to be supplied for one or 
more Sundays were asked to telephone, or v/rite Mr. Price, and a 
minister would be supplied them. This unofficial bureau will be 
maintained throughout this year. Mr, Price's address is 9 West 
Third street, Charlotte, N. C. ; telephone Hemlock 932. 

We think it but right to say, however, that the churches thus 
supplied should pay the expenses of the minister supplying them, 
together with a fair remuneration for his services. This committee 
has no funds with which to pay such expenses or remuneration ; 
and we can assume no responsibility in the same. 

A. A. WALKER, 
W. E. PRICE. 

An adjourned meeting of Presbytery was set for the 
first Monday in May in the First Presbyterian Church 
at Charlotte at 10:00 a. m. and the matter of Union of the 
Presbyterian Church in U. S. with the United Presbyterian 
was deferred until that time. This was presented in a 
resolution by Dr. A. R. Shaw opposing the Union. 

The Stewardship Committee's report was adopted as 
follows : 



REPORT OF STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE 

To the Presbytery of Mecklenburg: 

The total amount apportioned by' the Synod of North Carolina 
to the Presbytery of Mecklenburg for Benevolences for the fiscal 
year which closed March 31st, 1929, was the sum of $197,997.00, of 
which the sum of $197,111.00 was paid by the Churches of the Pres- 
bytery during said year, indicating that the Presbytery lacked only 

.00 of paying its Benevolence apportionment in full. 



The total amount contributed and paid by all of the churches of 
the Presbytery for Current Expenses during the fiscal year which 
closed March 31st, 1929, was the sum of $330,660.00. The total 
therefore for Benevolences and Current Expenses paid during the 
year which closed March 31st, 1929, was $527,771.00. The above 
named amounts were contributed by 81 of the churches of the 
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Spring Session of 1929. Thirteen of the churches of the Presbytery- 
have made no reports to this meeting of Presbytery and therefore 
their contributions for benevolences and current expenses are not 
included in this Report. If the contributions of those 13 churches 
for Benevolences during the past year w^ere known and could be 
included in the above totals, it is probable that the Benevolent quota 
of the Presbytery for last year would be more than paid. 

The amount apportioned to this Presbytery by the Synod for 
Benevolences for the year beginning April ist, 1929, was the sum of 
$220,000.00, which apportionment was accepted by the Presbytery at 
the Fall meeting of 1928. The Every Member Canvass for the year 
beginning April ist, 1929, reveals, from the reports filed, that the 
sum of $148,838.00 has been subscribed for Benevolences by the 
churches which have reported. Several of said churches of the 
Presbytery have made no reports of their Every Member Canvass; 
a number of them have made incomplete reports. 

The amount subscribed for Current Expenses in the recent 
Canvass by the churches which have reported is $181,627.00. 

The number of subscribers for Benevolences was 4,991 and the 
number for Current Expenses was 5,779. The number of tithers 
reported was 869, and the number of Family Altars was 350. 

A tabulated statement is hereto attached, showing the figures 

for such of the 94 churches of the Presbytery as have reported on 

the items above mentioned, with the totals at the foot of the 
columns. 

The amount subscribed for Benevolences this year in the Can- 
vass exceeds the subscriptions in the Canvass of last year by $2.- 
819.00, and the amount subscribed for Current Expenses this year 
is $14,070.00 less than the amount for Current Expenses last year. 
These figures are from the churches reporting and, as stated, the 
subscriptions for those making no report is unknown. 

The amount expended by the Secretary of Stewardship for sta- 
tionery, postage, printing, etc., was $17.23, the same representing 
actual expenses. ' 

Recommendations 

1. The Stewardship Committee recommends that when the ap- 
portionments are adopted next fall for the coming year beginning 
April 1st, 1930, the amount due by each individual church for each 
of the benevolent causes will be calculated and published in the 
Minutes of the Presbytery, along with tlFie full apportionment of 
each church for Benevolences, thereby aiding in the avoidance of 
any confusion as to the amount due by each church for each benev- 
olent cause. 

2. That the apportionment of Central Steele Creek Church for 
Benevolences be reduced to $8.80 per member for the year beginning 
April 1st, 1929. 



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3. We rejoice in the widespread observance, throughout our 
General Assembly, of "Stewardship Year" as promoted by the 
Stewardship Department in consequence of the action of the last 
Assembly, setting aside the year 1929 as "Stewardship Year." We 
call attention to the leadership of our Presbytery to the program 
for the observance of Stewardship for the remainder of the present 
fiscal year. 

4. We call the attention of our leadership to the revised Pres- 
byterian Progressive Program, copies of which are available, free 
of charge, on order from the Stewardship Department, 305 Henry 
Grady Building, Atlanta, Georgia. 

5. We call attention to the growing importance of Christian 
Stewardship as a principle to be instilled in the hearts of the people, 
rather than a method to be installed. We believe that this move- 
ment has come to the Kingdom for such a time as this; that it offers 
the necessary motive power, which, if appropriated, will be suffi- 
ciently dynamic to underwrite the present Kingdom task. Steward- 
ship is more concerned with dynamics than with mechanics, and 
it is power that we need, rather than machinery, today. 

6. That the churches adopt some plan of finance similar to that 
furnished by the Stewardship Department, and available free of 
charge. 

7. We recommend that Stewardship be given prominent place 
in all conferences, gatherings, and in all plans of the local church ; 
that the greatest possible use be made of the Stewardship Depart- 
ment of the Assembly, and that the observance of "Stewardship 
Year," so far as possible, be made effective in every local church. 

8. That this Presbytery urges all its churches to join the "New 
Honor Roll," suggested by the Assembly's Stewardship Department, 
by paying up one-twelfth of the askings for benevolences each 
month; and that we look upon the budget as a "task" to be per- 
formed rather than a "tax" to be levied on each individual member; 
that we teach our members to give "per capital" rather than "per 
capita." 

S. B. McLEAN, 

Chairman and Secretary of Stewardship. 

Rev. J. B. Reily was given the privilege of the floor, 
and extended an invitation to Presbytery to hold the Fall 
meeting of Presbytery in the Brainerd Church. The invi- 
tation, was cordially accepted. The time was fixed as 
October 22nd at 11 :(X) a. m. 

Messrs. C. Parks Brown and H. J. Spencer were added 
to the Committee on Men's Work. 

The Committee on Thanks submitted its report which 
was adopted as follows : 



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RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

When at the Fall meeting in Candor the Presbytery of Meck- 
lenburg was invited to meet at this time in the Steele Creek Church, 
the vote of acceptance of that invitation was most enthusiastic. 
The Presbytery felt then that here was the prospect of a most 
delightful session. 

And now as Presbytery is about to adjourn we would go on 
record with the statement that our proudest expectations have 
been more than realized. It has been good for us to be here. 

We would express our most hearty appreciation of the beautiful 
surroundings, the comfortable and commodious quarters, and of the 
splendid cordiality and hospitality of the people of this church and 
community. Especially to the ladies would we return our thanks 
for the delightful way in which they have ministered to the physical 
needs of the members of the Presbytery. 

May God's blessing abide on pastor and people who have wrought 
so well for the entertainment of this court. Thank you, we will 
come again. 

T. H. MITCHELL, 

J. R. KERNS, 

WM. B. McILWAINE, JR., 

Committee. 

The Minutes of Thursday's sessions were read and ap- 
proved as corrected. 

Following the roll call, the gavel used during this Pres- 
bytery was presented to the Moderator, and Presbytery ad- 
journed with a song and Benediction. 

W. H. FRAZER, Moderator. 



J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 
C. G. LONG, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 47 



ADJOURNED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in Charlotte, N. C, May 
6, 1929, according to adjournment at the First Presbyterian 
Church at 10 a. m. and was called to order by the Moder- 
ator, Rev. W. H. Frazer. Devotional Exercises were con- 
ducted by Rev. M. E. Peabody. The Presbytery was led 
in prayer by Rev. Henry H. Sweets, D.D. 

The following were found present: 

Ministers — A. R. Shaw, A. S. Johnston, J. W. Grier, 
R. S. Burwell, R. J. Mcllwaine, J. G. Garth, J. W. Stork, 
W. C. Underwood, S. B. Lyerly, C. G. Long, W. H. Frazer, 
C. W. Summerville, Lynn R. Walker, R. W. Culbertson, 
C. C. Huntington, C. R. Nisbet, C. C. Beam, H. E. Gurney, 
C. H. Little, J. C. Grier, W. H. Johnston, E. G. Gammon, 
M. E. Peabody, J. R. Bridges, C. H. Rowan, A. A. Walker, 
A. F. Doty, W. H. Matheson, E. A. Dillard, J. L. Caldwell, 
J. B. Reily, W. W. Akers, J. M. Walker, T. R. Alexander, 
T. H. Mitchell, S. B. McLean, B. F. Yandell, I. E. Wallace, 
Q. N. Huneycutt. 

Elders — W. A. Jamison, West Avenue, R. C. Freeman, 
Steele Creek, Dr. H. Q. Alexander, Providence, W. H. Belk, 
Monroe, J. L. Choate, Huntersville, R. O. Robinson, Severs- 
ville. Dr. C. M. Strong, Charlotte Second, W. E. Price, Cald- 
well Memorial, C. H. Caldwell, Sugaw Creek, T. J. vSmith, 
Charlotte, First, N. C. White, St. Paul's, A. D. Campbell, 
Amity, R. G. Spratt, Westminster, J. M. Morrow, Albe- 
marle First, R. W. Summerville, Paw Creek, T. H. Rowan, 
Hamlet, A. M. Herron, Central Steel Creek, F. B. Porter, 
Wilmoore. 

Rev. Henry H. Sweets, D.D., of Louisville Presbytery, 
Rev. W. J. Roach, of Kings Mountain Presbytery, Rev. 
A. F. Lavin, of East Alabama Presbytery, and Rev. A. J. 
Ranson, of Montgomery Presbytery, were introduced and 
invited to set as visiting brethren. 

Rev. Jno. L. Caldwell, D.D., presented a letter from 
Muhlenburg Presbytery, Rev. J. B. Reily presented a let- 
ter from El Paso Presbytery, and Rev. W. W. Akers pre- 
sented a letter from Kings Mountain Presbytery. They 
were examined on Experimental Religion by the Moder- 



48 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



ator, on Theology by Dr. A. S. Johnston, and on Church 
Government and the Sacrament by Rev, M. E. Peabody, all 
of which was sustained as satisfactory parts of trial. The 
examination as a whole was sustained and these brethren 
were enrolled after signing the covenant. 

Candidate T. F. Wallace was granted a letter of dis- 
mission to Congaree Presbytery, and Candidate Edgar E. 
Houghton was granted a letter of dismission to Louisville 
Presbytery. 

A call from Sugaw Creek Church for Candidate L. P. 
Burney was found in order and placed in the hands of the 
Stated Clerk until he be licensed. 

It was moved and carried that when we adjourn, we 
adjourn to meet at Charlotte First Church, Friday, May 31 
at 2 p. m. 

The trustees of Presbytery rendered the following re- 
port on Stanley Hall which was accepted. Mr. Hunter 
Marshall was granted the privileges of the floor, and the 
trustees were thanked for their attention. 

REPORT OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MECKLENBURG 
PRESBYTERY TO THE SESSION OF THE PRESBYTERY 
HELD AT THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, CHAR- 
LOTTE, N. C, MONDAY, MAY 6, 1929 

Pursuant to authority given at a former meeting of the Pres- 
bytery the Board of Trustees have had an examination made of the 
title to the property known as Stanley Hall, located near Locust 
Grove, North Carolina. 

The trustees secured the services of Mr. R. L. Brown, Attorney 
at Albemarle, N. C, who made an examination of the title to this 
property, and advises us that we have a fee simple title to this 
property free from all liens and incumbrances. 

The trustees further report that the sum of Fifty ($50.00) Dol- 
lars was appropriated by the Presbytery for the purpose of defray- 
ing the expenses of conducting the examination of this title; that 
Mr. Brown very kindly made examination of title without any 
remuneration, and that the sum of Fifty ($50.00) Dollars is now 
held by the Trustees subject to such disposition as may be made by 
the Presbytery. 

J. L. CHOATE, Chairman. 

The report of the Trustees of Presbytery touching the 
Albemarle Normal and Industrial Institute was called for 
and the trustees were granted further time to present 
their report. 



I 



AlINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 49 



REPORT OF TRUSTEES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 
TO MEETING OF THE PRESBYTERY HELD AT THE 
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, CHARLOTTE, N. C, 
MONDAY, MAY 6, 1929. 

Pursuant to instructions duly given at a former meeting of the 
Presbytery, the Trustees of Presbytery composed of Messrs. H, C. 
Alexander, J. L. Choate and Hunter Marshall, Jr., made a visit to 
the Albemarle Industrial School, located at Albemarle, North Caro- 
lina, for the purpose of becoming familiar with the property held 
by that institution. 

The Trustees further report that they have not yet completed 
the duties assigned to them in the matter of securing data regard- 
ing this institution. 

J. L. CHOATE, Chairman. 

The Trustees of Albemarle Normal and Industrial In- 
stitute together with the Superintendent, Miss Katie Prid- 
gen, were granted the privileges of the floor, and excused 
to formulate their report. 

The matter of the Annuity Fund was called from the 
docket and Rev. H. H. Sweets, D.D., was invited to address 
Presbytery on the subject. 

Dr. Sweets was heard with interest, and answered many 
questions regarding the Annuity Fund. 

The recommendation of the Committee on Christian 
Education and Ministerial Relief touching the Ministers' 
Annuity Fund was adopted, endorsing the Fund. 

The report of the Committee on Christian Education and 
Ministerial Relief was adopted as a whole. 

The resolution offered by Rev. A. R. Shaw, .D.D., op- 
posing further negotiations looking to Union of the Pres- 
byterian Church, U. S., and the United Presbyterian Church 
was taken from the docket and discussed. 

The resolution offered by Rev. A. R. Shaw, D.D., that 
the Presbytery of Mecklenburg hereby record its disap- 
proval of organic union with the United Presbyterian 
Church for the present, was adopted by a vote of 18 to 15. 

Recess was taken until 2:15. 

After recess Presbytery met at 2:15. Rev. W. W. 
Akers, having accepted the call to West Avenue Church, 
announced the following commission to install him pastor : 



50 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



Commission to install Rev. W. W. Akers pastor of West 
Avenue Church, second Sunday, June 9. 

Dr. A. S. Johnson, Chairman, to preach, preside, etc. 
Dr. C. W. Sommerville, to charge the pastor. 
Dr. W. H. Frazer, to charge the people. 
Elder Capt. Wm. Anderson; alternate J. T. Porter. 

Alternate to ministers : Rev. A. A. Walker, Rev. J. G. 
Garth. 

The following Commission was appointed to install Rev. 
J. B. Reily May 26 at Roberdell, Cameronian, Brainard and 
Midway. 

Commission to install Rev. J. B. Reily, May 26th, at 
Cameronian, Brainard, Midway, and Roberdell: Ministers, 
Rev. A. A. Walker, Chairman, Rev. A. T. Taylor, Rev. R. J. 
Mcllwaine ; elders, T. H. Rowan, A. W. McKay. 

The report of the Board of Trustees of the Albemarle 
Normal and Industrial Institute was presented by Rev. 
R. J. Mcllwaine which was received and the recommenda- 
tions were considered seriatim. 

The terms, trustees of. the Presbytery were substituted 
for the terms trustees of the School in recommendations 

2 and 3. 

Rev. Lynn R. Walker, D.D., Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt, D.D., 
requested that their votes against recommendations 2 and 

3 be recorded. 

The Trustees of the Albemarle Normal and Industrial 
Institute were ordered to transfer all deeds to and obliga- 
tions upon the property of the school to the Trustees of 
Presbytery. 

The Trustees of the Albemarle Normal and Industrial 
Institute were discharged after the present session of the 
school and the execution of the transfer of all property. 

The report as a whole was adopted as amended and is 
as follows : 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 51 



REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF ALBEMARLE NORMAL 
AND INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTE 

We, the Trustees of the Albemarle Normal and Industrial In- 
stitute, make the following report : 

Those of us who have followed the course of this institution in 
its ministry of love, through the medium of Christian education, to 
the poor girls of the Piedmont section for more than 30 years, re- 
joice for the good it has done and the good it is doing at this very 
moment. It is impossible to estimate the influence it has had and is 
yet having on the lives of these young women who have received 
enough of education here to make them useful citizens, tasted the 
joys of Christian home life, some for the first time, and learned to 
know Christ as a personal savior through the Christian training re- 
ceived here and the daily study of God's word through the year. It 
has done a piece of most faithful Presbyterian Home Missionary 
work, and along with other schools of its kind led the way for the 
State in popular education, both inspiring and provoking it to enter 
upon the marvelous program of State education. 

This very situation which the private school did so much to bring 
about now hampers the school of its kind and threatens its ex- 
istence. 

This was fully realized two years ago by the trustees who recom- 
mended that the school be closed and the property sold (which was 
then out of debt) unless Presbytery could furnish a dormitory and 
some funds for running expenses. The Presbytery answered by 
giving the trustees the right to make a canvass and a committee was 
appointed to make the canvass which did not bring the needed 
funds or the dormitory, A year later and about a year ago another 
effort was made to continue the school with another promise of a 
dormitory and the retaining of our very faithful and efficient young 
principal only to be disappointed again and to pile up a debt for 
running expenses because the dormitory was not forthcoming, and 
the pay patronage had been driven away, because it was not forth- 
coming, and because the condition of the old dormitory was adver- 
tised more and more by this agitation. 

The talk of removal and consolidation has also had its share in 
this deadly work, until there are now only 18 full pay students in the 
school. 

1. We therefore recommend that the Albemarle Normal and 
Industrial Institute be closed with the completion of the present 
school term. 

2. That all personal property belonging to the school be im- 
mediately sold by the Trustees of Presbytery, and the proceeds ap- 
plied to the obligation of the school. 

3. That the real estate be held by the trustees of Presbytery 
until a more favorable time for sale. 

4. That the Board of Trustees of the Albemarle School be in- 



52 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



structed to transfer to the Board of Trustees of the Presbytery all 
obligations of indebtedness of the school, and titles to all the prop- 
erty of the school. 

5. That a rising vote of thanks be given Miss Katie Pridgen for 
her faithful service as principal of the Albemarle Normal and Indus- 
trial Institute. 

A petition for the organization of a Church at Nevins 
School on the Statesville road, near Charlotte, was referred 
to the Standing Committee of Bills and Overtures. The re- 
port of the Committee was adopted as follows : 

REQUEST FOR NEW CHURCH AT NEVINS SCHOOL HOUSE 

Your Committee on Bills and Overtures reports that it has ex- 
amined the request for the organization of a church at Nevins, found 
the request in order, and recommends the organization of this church. 
It would also recommend the appointment of the following commis- 
sion to carry out this order of Presbytery : Rev. E. A. Dillard, Chair- 
man, Rev. A. A. Walker, Rev. C. C. Beam, Dr. C. R. Nisbet, Dr. 
W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., Dr. J. R. Alexander, W. L. Wallis, W. H. Belk. 

S. B. LYERLY, Chairman. 

C H. ROWAN. 

W. H. BELK. 

DR. C. W. SOMMERVILLE. 

Rev. C. H. Little was appointed by the Moderator to 
preach the Presbyterial Sermon at the fall meeting. Mr. 
Little announced his subject as "The Christian's Hope." 

The minutes were read and approved. 

Presbytery adjourned with the Apostolic Benediction by 
the Moderator. 

W. H. FRAZER, Moderator. 



J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk, 
C. G. LONG, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



ADJOURNED MEETING 

May 31, 1929. 

Presbytery of Mecklenburg met in adjourned session in 
the First Church, Charlotte, N. C, on May 31st, at 2 p. m., 
and was opened with prayer. 

The following ministers were present : W. H. Frazer, 
J. G. Garth, H. E. Gurney, C. W. Sommerville, J. R. Bridges, 
C. H. Rowan, A. A. Walker, S. B. Lyerly, S. B. McLean, R. 
J. Mcllwain, E. A. Dillard, R. S. Burwell, W. W. Akers, W. 
H. Matheson, J. F. Hardie, J. C. Grier, W. H. Johnston, I. E. 
Wallace, and Q. N. Huneycutt. 

The churches were represented by the following elders : 
C H. Caldwell, Sugaw Creek ; S. B. Porter, Wilmore ; S. M. 
Alexander, McGee ; Hunter Marshall, Myers Park. 

Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt was elected temporary clerk. 

Thomas M. Glasgow presented his resignation as a 
member of the Board of Trustees of Queens College. His 
resignation was accepted and Mrs. Cameron Morrison was 
elected to fill his unexpired term. 

The commission to install Rev. J. B. Reily at Roberdell, 
Brainard, Cameronian, and Midway reported the duty per- 
formed, and was discharged. 

INSTALLATION OF REV. J. B. REILY 

The commission appointed by Presbytery to install Rev. J. B. 
Reily respectfully reports that on May 26, 1929, Rev. J. B. Reily was 
duly installed pastor at Roberdell, Cameronian, Brainard and Mid- 
way. Members of the commission present were Rev. R. J. Mc- 
Ilwaine, Rev. A. A. Walker, Elders A. W. McKay, and T. H. Rowan. 

A. A. WALKER, Chairman. 

The commission to install Rev. Arthur T. Taylor at 
Marston, Rourk's Chapel, McLean Memorial and Mark's 
Creek reported, its duties fulfilled, and was discharged. 

INSTALLATION OF REV. ARTHUR T. TAYLOR 

The commission appointed by Presbytery to install Rev. Arthur 
T. Taylor reports that on May 12, 1929, Rev. Arthur T. Taylor was 
duly installed pastor at Marston, Rourk's Chapel, McLean Memorial 
and Mark's Creek. Members of the commission present were : Rev. 
L. R. Walker, D.D., Rev. W. G. Thomas, Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine, Rev. 
A. A. Walker, and Elder J. D. McRae. 

A. A. WALKER, Chairman. 



54 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Murray Boyce White, of Banks Church, presented testi- 
monials from his session recommending him as a candidate 
for the ministry. After the usual examinations he was re- 
ceived by Presbytery and his name enrolled as a candidate. 

The trustees of Presbytery made the following report 
which was adopted : 

REPORT OF TRUSTEES OF PRESBYTERY 

Albemarle Normal and Industrial School 

WHEREAS, at a recent session of the Mecklenburg Presbytery 
a resolution was duly passed authorizing the Trustees of the Albe- 
marle Industrial School to transfer and assign all of the real and 
personal property belonging to that institution to the Trustees of 
the Mecklenburg Presbytery, and 

WHEREAS, the Trustees of the Mecklenburg Presbytery have 
held a meeting for the purpose of considering the best disposition of 
this property, and to this end are securing data covering the assets 
and liabilities of the Albemarle Industrial School, and are in process 
of securing an abstract of title to this property, and have arranged 
for the temporary care of the property, and 

WHEREAS, after considering all of the problems incident to 
the holding and management of this property, such as disposition of 
personal property, maintenance and disposition of real property, re- 
financing of all of the obligations, w^hich have become liens on the 
property, the Trustees of Mecklenburg Presbytery are of the opinion 
that the greatest good may be accomplished by transferring all of 
the aforesaid property to Queens College, a corporation organized 
and existing under the laws of North Carolina, to be disposed of at 
the most favorable time and applied to the Endowment Fund of that 
institution. 

THEREFORE, The Board of Trustees of Mecklenburg Presby- 
tery respectfully recommend to Presbytery that authority be vested 
in the Board of Trustees for the purpose of conveying, by Deed or 
other proper instrument, all of the aforesaid property, both real and 
personal, to Queens College to be applied to the Endowment Fund of 
that institution, upon the condition that all of the liabilities of the 
Albemarle Industrial School be assumed and paid off by Queens 
College. 

Stanley Hall School 

WHEREAS, the title to that property known as Stanley Hall 
School located at Locust Grove, N. C., containing about 33 acres, 
eliminating the 12-acre tract, is vested in Mecklenburg Presbytery, 
and 

WHEREAS, after considering all of the problems incident to the 
holding and management of this property, such as the disposition 
of personal property, maintenance and disposition of real property, 
the Trustees of Mecklenburg Presbytery are of the opinion that the 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 55 



greatest good may be accomplished by transferring all of the afore- 
said property to Queens College, a corporation organized and exist- 
ing under the laws of North Carolina, to be disposed of at the most 
favorable time and applied to the Endowment Fund of that insti- 
tution. 

THEREFORE, The Board of Trustees of Mecklenburg Presby- 
tery respectfully recommend to Presbytery that authority be vested 
in the Board of Trustees for the purpose of conveying, by Deed or 
other proper instrument, all of the afresaid property, both real and 
personal, to Queens College to be applied to the Endowment Fund of 
that institution, upon the condition that all of the liabilities of the 
Stanley Hall School be assumed and paid off by Queens College. 

The motion was made and carried that when Presbytery 
adjourn it do so to meet in First Church, Charlotte, on the 
second Monday in September, the 9th, at 2 o'clock, p. m. 

Rev. Walter H. Goodman, of Concord Presbytery, was 
introduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother. 

Rev. R. J. Mcllwain was appointed on each of the fol- 
lowing three commissions : One to ordain and install Rev. 
J. S. McFall at Morven, Lilesville, and Camden ; ordain and 
install W. C. Cooper at Oakboro, Stanfield and Locust ; and 
to ordain and install M. B. Prince at Polkton and Peach- 
land. 

Rev. Geo. F. Robertson, of Holston Presbytery, was re- 
quested to serve on the commission to install M. B. Price at 
Polkton and Peachland. 

Dr. R. S. Burwell was appointed on commission to install 
Rev. W. C. Cooper at Oakboro, Locust and Stanfield. 

Mr. L. P. Burney was received as a candidate from 
Atlanta Presbytery. 

The call for the pastoral service of Leroy P. Burney at 
Sugaw Creek was placed in Mr. Burney's hands. He ac- 
cepted the call pending his examination for licensure or 
ordination, as the case might be. 

Mr. Burney presented a diploma from Davidson College 
which was accepted in lieu of examination on academic 
studies. • 

He presented a statement from Dr. Gillespie of Columbia 
Theological Seminary, which was accepted in lieu of ex- 
amination on Church History and Original Languages. 

A committee consisting of E. A. Dillard, Dr. J. F. Hardie 



56 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



and Dr. J. R. Bridges was appointed to examine the Greek 
Exegesis, the Thesis and the Popular Lecture. 

Dr. C. W. Sommerville was appointed to examine the 
candidate on theology. The examination was sustained as 
satisfactory. 

Dr. Sommerville also examined the candidate on Sacra- 
ments and Church Government, which was accepted as sat- 
isfactory. 

Presbytery took recess for five minutes to reconvene 
and hear Mr. Burney's sermon. 

Prayer was made for Mrs. Geo. F. Robertson by Rev. 
S. B. McLean. Mrs. Robertson was very ill at the hospital. 

Mr. Burney continued his trial before Presbytery, by 
preaching a sermon from Luke 23 :34. The sermon was 
sustained as a part of trial. 

. The committee on the thesis, exegesis, and popular lec- 
ture reported that the parts were entirely satisfactory. 
Presbytery accepted this as satisfactory parts of trial. 

The examination was sustained as a whole. 

The examination was accepted as satisfactory for or- 
dination and the following commission was appointed to 
ordain and install Mr. Burney on next Sabbath morning, 
June 2, at 11 o'clock, in Sugaw Creek Church : 

Commission to ordain and install L. P. Burney: 

J. G. Garth to preside and preach the sermon ; C. C. 
Beam to charge the pastor ; W. H. Frazer to charge the 
people ; J. R. Bridges, C. H. Caldwell or C W. Robinson, 
alternate. 

Rev. S. B. McLean reported his attendance on General 
Assembly. The report was received and he was commended 
for his diligence. 

Rev. Geo. R. Gillespie, of Kings Mountain Presbytery, 
was introduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother. 

Mr. W. W. Thrower, of Pineville, N. C, presented testi- 
monials from the Pineville Church of his fitness to enter 
preparation as a candidate for the Gospel ministry. After 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 57 



the usual examination he was received as a candidate, and 
his name enrolled. 

Rev. C. H. Rowan reported his attendance on the meet- 
ing of General Assembly at Montreat. He was commended 
for his diligence. 

After reading the minutes Presbytery adjourned with 
prayer, to meet on September 9th, at 2 p. m., in the First 
Church, Charlotte. 

W. H. FRAZER, Moderator. 

Q. N. HUNEYCUTT, Temporarv Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 59 

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Charlotte First 

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4160 








869 


350 


222479 


4991 


148838 


199540 


181627 


Gave 1928- 1929 






Current 
Expenses 

$197111 


Benevolent 
Causes 

$330660 


TOTAL 

$527771 



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INDEX 

Adjourned Meeting, December 3, 1928 3 

Adjourned Meeting, February 4, 1929 7 

Adjourned Meeting, May 6, 1929 47 

Adjourned Meeting, May 31, 1929 52 

Albemarle Normal and Industrial Institute — 

Report of Finances 35 

Report of Trustees 51 

Closed by Order of Presbytery 51 

Equity given to Queens College 54 

Akers, W. W. Received 47 

Commission to install at West Avenue 50 

Annuity Fund — Approved 49 

Assessments of Presbytery, Delinquent Churches 26 

Brainard Church, Fall Meeting, 11 a. m., October 22 45 

Burney, Leroy P. Received and Examined 55 

Called to Sugaw Creek 55 

Commission to Ordain 56 

Candidates Received — 

T. M. Davis 13 

Murray White 54 

W. W. Thrower 56 

Called Meeting, January 25 ,1929 5 

Caldwell, J. L. Received 47 

Calls and Supplies 17 

Commissioners to Assembly 15&42 

Cooper, W. C. Received 13 

Licensed 14 

Called to Oakboro 14 

Commission to Ordain 41 

Culbertson, R. W. — Call changed 20 

Education, Committee on Religious 2,y 

Education and Relief, Report 20 

Evangelism, Report 23 

Fall Meeting of Presbytery, October 2^, 11 a. m., Brainard 45 

Frazer, W. H. Elected Moderator 10 

Foreign Missions, Report 21 

Gavel Presented by McCain 10 

Given to W. H. Frazer 46 

Glasgow, T. M., Trustee of Queens College Resigns 53 

Hardie, J. F,, Received 4 

Installed at Second Church, Charlotte 8 

Hardie, J. F. Added to Presbytery's Committee of H. Missions 42 

Historical Foundation, Report 12 

Home Missions, Assembly's, Report 19 

Home Missions, Presbytery's Report 29 

Home Mission, Popular Meeting 20 

Little, C. H. to Preach Presbyterial Sermon 52 

Long, C. G. Elected Temporary Clerk 10 

Leave of Absence, Report 26 

Manual Committee, Continued 26 

Morrison, Mrs. Cameron, Elected Trustee of Queens 53 

Men's Work, Report 25 

Men's and Women's Committees Divided 14 



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McFall, J. S., Received 13 

Licensed 14 

Called to Morven 14 

Commission to Ordain 18 

Mcllwain, R. J., Reelected Evangelist of Union County 32 

McLean, S. B., Reports Attendance at Assembly 56 

New Church at Nevins to be Organized 52 

Nisbet, C. R., Presbyterial Sermon on Atonement 13 

Nominations 18 

Orphans' Home, Report 40 

Oldham, J. M., Added to Education Committee 3 

On Special Committee Annuity Fund 21 

Prince, M. B., Received 13 

Licensed 14 

Called to Peachland 14 

Commission to Ordain 42 

Program of Presbytery . 10 

Queens College, Report 34 

Receives Equities for Endowment 55 

Reily, J. B., Received 49 

Called to Roberdell Group 17 

Installed at Roberdell 1 53 

Records of Presbytery Deposited at Montreat 12 

Rowan, C. H., Reports Attendance at Assembly 57 

Sabbath and Family Religion, Report 23 

Schools and Colleges Report 34 

Schools and Colleges, Special Committee 4 

Standing Committees ii 

Stewardship Prayer-Meeting 7 

Stewardship, Report 43 

Stewardship Statistics 58 

Stanley Hall, Equity given to Queens 54 

Sweets, H. H., on Annuity Fund 49 

Spring Meeting of Presbytery 9 

Sunday Schools, Report 27 

Sessional Records, Reviewed 40 

Statistics Inserts 

Synod's Minutes, Report 41 

Taylor, A. T., Received 14 

Called to Marston 17 

Commission to Install 17 

Installed 53 

Thanks, Resolution 46 

Treasurer's Report, J. G. Garth 15 

W. E. Price, Benevolences _, 16 

W. E. Price, Home Missions L 33 

Trustees of Presbytery 48,49,54 

Union with United Presbyterians 49 

Vacancy and Supply 42 

Walker, A. A., Reelected Home Mission Superintendent 32 

Wilson, P. W., Dismissed from West Avenue to Memphis Pres 5 

Wallace, T. F,, Candidate Dismissed to Congaree 48 

Women's Societies 37 

Officers of Presbyterial 39 

Young People's, Report 27 



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9. Sabbath and Family Religrlon— R. J. Mcllwain, W. S. Hamiter, 
Thomas Spratt, Wm. Ross. 

10. Evangelism— A. A. Walker, W. B. Mcllwaine, W. E. Price. 

11. Men's Societies— Lynn R. Walker, I. E. Wallace, A. F. Doty J. E. 
McLaughlin, C. P. Brown, H. J. Spencer. 

12. Women's Societies^W. B. Mcllwain, J. C. Grier, W. B. S. 
Chandler, H. J. Spencer, R. G. Spratt. 

13. Auditing — J. F. Jamison, J. L. Williamson. 

14. Stewardship — E. A. Dillard, Chairman and Secretary of Steward- 
ship ; W. H. Frazer, W. H. Johnston, E. G. Gammon, Frank 
Matthews, W. E. Neil, R. A. Grier. 

15. Men's Work— P. S. Gilchrist, C. P. Brown, H. J. Spencer, J. M. 
Oldham, J. P. Marsh, M. E. Trotter, J. M. Harris. 

IG. Sessional Records— W. T. Smith, R. S. Burwell, Q. N. Huneycutt, 
and five elders. 

17. Examinations: 

(i) Experimental Piety — The Moderator. 

(2) Academic Studies — R. W. Culbertson. 

(3) Languages — Latin Thesis and Greek Exegesis — C. W. Som- 
merville, J. W. Grier. 

(4) Natural and Exact Sciences — H. E. Gurney, C. H. Little. 

(5) Mental and Moral Philosophy, Logic and Rhetoric— W. H. 
Frazer, W. B. S. Chandler. 

(6) Theology — A. S. Johnson, W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., C. H. Rowan. 

(7) Church History— J. M. Walker, W. H. Matheson. 

(8) Church Government and Sacraments — M. E. Peabody, R. S. 
Burwell. 

TRUSTEES OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

1. Davidson — R. A. Dunn, H. N. Pharr — Terms expire 1932; C. R. 
Nisbet, J. P. Matheson, W. H. Belk — Terms expire 1930. 

2. Queens— McAlister Carson, Mrs. C. C. Hook, Mrs. Cameron Mor- 
rison, J. L. Choate, P. S. Gilchrist — Terms expire 1931 ; E. A. 
McCausland, J. W. McClung, Hunter Marshall— Terms expire 
1930; J. Arthur Henderson, E. E. Jones, A. J. Crowell— Terms 
expire 1929. 

McAlister Carson is chairman. 

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120th STATED SESSION 

Brainard Church 
October 22 and 23, 1929 

ADJOURNED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

September 9, 1929 
November 19, 1929 

CALLED MEETING 

Rocky Mount, N. C, Oct. 9, 1929 
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DIRECTORY 

Rev. T. M. Stribling, Moderator Rockingham, N. C 

Rev. J. G. Garth, Stated Clerk Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. W. Stork, Permanent Clerk Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Trustees of Presbytery — H. C. Alexander, Hunter Marshall, Jr., J. L. 
Choate. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Presbytery's Home Missions — J. M, Walker, C. G. Long, W. B. S. 
Chandler, C. H. Rowan, Lynn R. Walker, C H. Little, F. S. Neal. 
W. H. Belk, T. J. Smith, C. P. Brown, W. E. Price, Dr. R. H. 
Lafferty, J. F. Hardie. 

PERMANENT COMMITTEES 

1. Foreign Missions — E. G. Gammon, C. G. Long, A. F. Doty, W. L. 
WalHs, M. B. Speir. 

2. Assembly's "Home Missions — J. F. Hardie, C. H. Little, A. S. 

Anderson, Jno. B. Ross. 

3. Christian Education and Ministerial Relief — J. W. Grier, W. B. S. 

Chandler, J. W. McClung, J. M. Oldham. 

4. Religious Education — General Chairman : S. B. Lyerly. 

(1) Children's Division: W. M. Wilcox, W. E. Price. 

(2) Young Pepole's Division : E. A. Dillard, M. E. Peabody, F. H. 
Bierman. 

(3) Sunday School Extension : M. B. Prince, C. M. Hutchinson. 

(4) Leadership Training: B. F. Yandell, G. M. Beaty, Dr. R .H. 

Lafferty. 

5: Bible Cause— Q. N. Huneycutt, J. W. Stork. 

6. Synod's Home Missions— L E. Wallace, A. L. McDuffie, C. H 

Caldwell, D. S. Monteith. 

7. Orphans' Home— W. W. Akers, R. W. Culbertson, Wm. Ander- 

son, W. A. Jamison. 

8. Schools and Colleges— C. R. Nisbet, L E. Wallace, B. F. Yandell. 

J. R. Bridges, Beatty Faires, G. M. Rose, Jr. 

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120th STATED SESSION 

Brainard Church 
October 22 and 23, 1929 

ADJOURNED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

September 9, 1929 

November 19, 1929 

CALLED MEETING 

Rocky Mount, N. C, Oct. 9, 1929 
(at Synod) 



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PUBLISHING COMPANY 

CHARLOTTE, N. C. 



ADJOURNED MEETING 

Presbytery met in adjourned session in First Church, 
Charlotte, on Monday, September 9, 1929, at 2 p. m. 

Rev. W. H. Frazer, Moderator, called Presbytery to 
order and constituted it with prayer. 
The following were present : 



ROLL 

Ministers: W. H. Frazer, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. H. John- 
ston, A. A. Walker, J. C. Grier, R. S. Burwell, J. W. Grier, 
A. S. Johnson, L. P. Burney, E, A. Dillard, G. C. Huntington, 
S. B. Lyerly, L. H. Query, J. M. Walker, W. B. S. Chandler, 
R. W. Culbertson, M. E. Peabody, C. C Beam, E. G. Gam- 
mon, W. T. Smith, W. H. Matheson, C R. Nisbet, T. H. 
Mitchell, A. F. Doty, S. B. McLean, B. F. Yandell, J. G. 
Garth. 

Ruling Elders: W. E. Price, Caldwell Memorial; R. C. 
Freeman, Steele Creek ; T. J. Smith, Charlotte First ; W. B. 
Blount, Plaza; J. P. Belk, Beulah, O. W. Potts, Banks; 
D. E. Clark, Pageland. 

The commission to install Rev. W. W. Akers at West 
Avenue, Charlotte, reported its duties duly performed and 
was dismissed. 



INSTALLATION OF W. W. AKERS 

The Commission of Mecklenburg Presbytery appointed to in- 
stall the Rev, Wm. Wirt Akers at West Avenue Church, Charlotte, 
N. C, met at the church June 9, 1929, 4 p. m., and performed all 
duty according to the Form of Church Government. 

There were present the Rev. A. S. Johnson, D.D., the Rev. Wm. 
H. Frazer, D.D., Rev. C. W. Sommerville, D.D., and Ruling Elder 
W. A. Jamison. 

The Commission was convened and prayer was offered by Dr. 
Frazer. Dr. Johnson presided and preached the sermon on Prayer, 
Luke 18:1, and propounded the questions. 

Dr. Sommerville charged the pastor ; Dr. Frazer charged the 
people. The Commission adjourned after the benediction by Rev. 
W. W. Akers. C. W. SOMMERVILLE, 

Clerk of the Commission. 



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Commission to ordain and install Rev. W. C. Cooper at 
Oakboro, Locust and Stanfield reported its duties performed 
and was dismissed. 



COMMISSION TO ORDAIN AND INSTALL W. C. COOPER 

Commission appointed by Presbytery to ordain and install Rev. 
W. C. Cooper met at Oakboro Presbyterian Church Sunday, June 
9, 1929; was duly constiuted with prayer, there being present Rev. 
A. A. Walker, chairman, Dr. R. S. Burwell, Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine 
and Elder W. E. Price, acting as secretary. 

Rev. A. A. Walker preached sermon at Oakboro and propounded 
questions to pastor and people and Rev. W. C. Cooper was ordained 
and installed. Dr. R. S. Burwell charged pastor and Elder W. E. 
Price charged the congregation. 

Commission adjourned to meet at Stanfield Church at 2:30 
where Rev. W. C. Cooper was installed. Dr. R. S. Burwell preached 
the sermon. Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine charged the pastor and W. E. 
Price charged the congregation. 

Commission adjourned to meet at Locust Church at 7:30 p. m., 
where Rev. W. C. Cooper was installed. Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine 
preached the sermon. Rev. A. A. Walker charged the pastor, and 
Elder W. E. Price charged the people. After prayer and benedic- 
tion, Commission adjourned, W. E. PRICE, 

Secretary. 

The commission to install Rev. J. S. McFall at Morven, 
Lylesville and Camden reported its duties performed, and 
was dismissed. 



ORDINATION OF J. S. McFALL 

Ordination and installation of Rev. J. S. McFall. Commission 
met at Morven Church, June 2, 11 a. m. Rev. J. S. McFall was duly 
ordained by prayer and the laying on of hands of Presbytery, and 
installed as pastor of Morven Church. 

Commission opened with prayer. Present were A. A. Walker, 
R. J. Mcllwain, J. A. Caligan, ministers, and John E. McLauchlin, 
elder. A. A. Walker was chosen chairman, presided and propounded 
the constitutional questions. J. A. Caligan was chosen clerk. 

A. A. Walker preached sermon ; J. A. Caligan charged pastor, 
and R. J. Mcllwain charged the congregation. Commission adjourned 
to meet at Lilesville at 3 p. m. 

Commission met at Lilesville Church, 3 p. m., and Rev. J. S. 
McFall was installed pastor of that church. J. A. Caligan preached 
sermon; R. J. Mcllwaine charged pastor, and A. A. Walker charged 
congregation. Commission adjourned to meet at Camden Church 
at 8 p. m. 



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Commission met at Camden Church, 8 p. m., and Rev. J. S. 
McFall was installed pastor of said church. R. J. Mcllwain preached 
sermon; A. A. Walker charged pastor, and J. A. Caligan charged 
the congregation. Qosed with benediction by J. S. McFall. 

The work of the Commission was made especially interesting 
by the presence of Brother McFall's mother, who attended all the 
services. 

A. A. WALKER, Chairman. 

J. A. CALIGAN, Clerk of Com. 

The commissio nto ordain Mr. LeRoy P. Burney at 
Sugaw Creek reported its duties performed and was dis- 
missed. 

COMMISSION TO ORDAIN L. P. BURNEY 

The Commission to ordain and install Leroy P. Burney as pastor 
of Sugaw Creek Congregation met at the said church on Sunday, 
June 2, at 11 a. m. The Commission was organized with prayer. 
The members present were Revs. J. G. Garth, J. R. Bridges, and 
C C Beam, and Ruling Elder C. H. Caldwell. Rev. W. H. Frazer 
joined the meeting later, 

A sermon was preached by Rev. J. G. Garth, who also presided 
The candidate answered the constitutional questions propounded to 
him, and the congregation also answered the questions propounded 
to them in the affirmative, 

Mr. Burney was then ordained by the laying on of hands. The 
prayer was offered by Rev. J, R. Bridges, D.D, 

Rev. C. C. Beam delivered the charge to the pastor, and Rev. 
W. H, Frazer, D.D., delivered the charge to the congregation. 

The Commission then adjourned with the benediction by the 
newly ordained minister. Rev, L, P, Burney, 

The above is a true record of the proceedings, 

J, G. GARTH, Chairman. 

Commission to ordain and install Mr. M. B. Prince at 
Peachland and Polkton reported its duties duly performed 
and was dismissed. 

ORDINATION OF M. B. PRINCE 

The Commission to ordain and install M, B, Prince met at 
Polkton, June 16, 1929, and Mr, Prince was duly ordained and 
installed at Polkton at 11 a. m., June 16, and later in the day 
installed at Peachland. W. H. Bel kwas added to the Commission and 
was the only elder present. 

The Commission was : A. A. Walker, J. A. Caligan, with C. C. 
Beam and J. W, Stork as alternates. Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine was added 



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to the Commission; Ruling Elder W. E. Price with R. L. Martin, 
alternate. 

The services were as follows : Ordination and installation serv- 
ice at- Polkton, June 16 at 11 :00 a. m. 

Sermon — A. A. Walker. 
Charge to Pastor — J. A. Caligan. 
Charge to Congregation — R. J. Mcllwaine. 
Installation service at Peachland, June 16, 3 :00 p. m. 
Sermon — J. A. Caligan. 
Charge to Pastor — A. A. Walker. 
Charge to Congregation — J. A. Caligan. 

Rev. F. H. Barron, D.D., of the Presbytery of Blue- 
stone was introduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother 

Presbytery voted to extend to Dr. C. R. Nisbet its 
sympathy in his bereavement in the death of his wife, Mrs. 
Ola Jones Nisbet. 

Prayer was offered by Dr. Frazer in his behalf. 

The request from the Country Church Department, of 
the General Assembly to appoint a committee on the Coun- 
try Church Work was referred to Committee on Home 
Missions. 

Rev. A. A. Walker reported his attendance on meeting of 
General Assembly at Montreat. The report was accepted 
and his diligence commended. 

Candidate J. A. Mclntyre asked that Presbytery license 
him to preach the gospel with a view to ordination. 

After due discussion Presbytery voted to proceed with 
examination with view to licensure under the regulation for 
extraordinary cases, in view of his satisfactory exercise of 
his gifts as a lay-worker for several years in this Presby- 
tery.. 

Dr. C. W. Sommerville examined the candidate on ex- 
perimental religion and motives for seeking the ministry 
which was sustained as satisfactory. 

Motion was made and carried that the examination on 
scholastic studies he omitted on account of the fact that the 
candidate had not had a college course. 

Dr. C. W. Sommerville also conducted examination on 
theology, which was sustained as satisfactory. 



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Rev. J. M. Walker conducted the examination on Church 
History, which was sustained. 

Rev. M. E. Peabody examined the candidate in Church 
Government and the Sacraments. The examination was 
sustained as satisfactory. 

Examination in the original languages of the Old and 
New Testament was waived inasmuch as the candidate had 
not had opportunity of studying them. 

Examination on the English Bible was conducted by 
Rev. J. M. Walker. The examination was sustained as sat- 
isfactory. 

The motion was made and carried that the Greek Exe- 
gesis and Latin Thesis and the Popular Lecture be omitted 
as no subjects had been assigned. 

The examination was sustained as a whole and the can- 
didate was duly licensed. 

Prayer was offered by Rev. F. H. Barron, D.D. 

Mr. Bruce Peabody presented testimonials from the 
Session of Westminster Presbyterian Church, asking to be 
received under the care of Presbytery as a candidate for the 
gospel ministry. 

After the usual examination and the charge by the mod- 
erator he was duly enrolled as a candidate for the ministry. 
Prayer was then offered by the moderator. 

The commission to organize a church at Nevins reported 
its work performed in due form, and was discharged. 



NEW CHURCH AT NEVINS 

The Commission appointed to organize a church at Nevins beg 
to report : 

The Commission met, by appointment, at Nevins Community 
House, Sunday afternoon, May 19, 1929, at 3 :30 o'clock. Present . 
Rev. E. A. Dillard, Rev. Chas R. Nisbet and Rev. C. C Beam, with 
RuHng Elders Dr. J. R. Alexander and Walter L. WalHs. The Com- 
mission w^as constituted with prayer. After an appropriate sermon 
by Dr. Nisbet, the Commission proceeded to organize a church, 
according to the Book of Church Order, to be known as "Nevins 
Presbyterian Church," with the following members : 



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By Certificate : 

Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Worth, from Tenth Avenue Presbyterian 
Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Auten, from Tenth Avenue Presbyterian 
Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Stewart, from Tenth Avenue Presbyterian 
Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kidd, from Hopewell Presbyterian Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. C. T. StalHngs, from Philadelphia Presbyterian 
Church. 

X. L. Stallings, from Philadelphia Presbyterian Church. 

Mr. W. R. Grier, from St. Paul's Presbyterian Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Meeks, from the Methodist Church. 

Mr. J. S. Prime, from the Methodist Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. C E. Martin, from the Methodist Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. McCurley, from the Baptist Church. 

Thelma McCurley, from the Baptist Church. 

On profession of faith : 

Mrs. J. S. Prime. 

Sara Thomas Auten. 

J. A. Auten, J. H. Stewart and R. W. Meeks were elected, 
ordained and installed Ruhng Elders, and C. W. Kidd, C. T. Stallings 
and G. H. Worth were elected, ordained and installed Deacons. 

E. A. DILLARD, Chairman. 

CHAS. R. NISBET. 

C C. BEAM. 

J. R. ALEANDER. 

WALTER L. WALLIS. 

Rev. E. A. Dillard offered his resignation as Secretary of 
Stewardship. The resignation was accepted. 

Rev. S. B. McLean was nominated as Secretary of Stew- 
ardship. Upon his earnest request it was decided to refer the 
nomination to the Nominating Committee and that they 
bring a report at the Fall Meeting of Presbytery. 

Presbytery requested Mr. Dillard to make the report at 
the Fall Meeting of Presbytery. 



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Dr. Barron was given the privileges of the floor to pre- 
sent the Ministers' Annuity Fund. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer after the reading of 
the minutes. 

W. H. FRAZER, Moderator. 

Q. N. HUNEYCUTT, Temporary Clerk. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



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CALLED MEETING 

Rocky Mount, N. C, October 9, 1929. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in called session at the 
First Presbyterian Church at 1 :45 p. m. during the meeting 
of Synod. 

The Presbytery was called to order by the Moderator, 
Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., and constituted with prayer led 
by Rev. J. M. Walker. 

The following were present : 

ROLL 

Ministers: J. G. Garth, J. W. Stork, J. M. Walker, W. H. 
Frazer, D.D., Lynn R. Walker, D.D., C. G. Long, W. B. 
Mcllwaine, D.D., W. H. Matheson, C. R. Nisbet, D.D., S. B. 
McLean, L. P. Burney, E. G. Gammon, D.D., A. T. Taylor, 
J. R. Bridges, D.D. 

Elders: W. L. Summerville, Thomasboro ; R. A. Grier, 
Steele Creek; W. H. Belk, Monroe. 

The Presbytery was called to act upon the request of 
Rev. W. H. Matheson for dissolution of the pastoral rela- 
tion between himself and the Thomasboro Church, and the 
church concurring, the relation was dissolved. 

Rev. W. H. Matheson was granted a letter of transfer 
to Nashville Presbytery. 

The minutes were read and approved. 

Presbytery adjourned with the benediction by the Mod- 
erator. 

W. H. FRAZER, Moderator. 
J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



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MINUTES OF FALL SESSION 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in its 120th Stated Session 
at Brainard Church, near Rockingham, N. C, at 11 a. m., 
on Ortober 22, 1929. The retiring Moderator, Rev. W. H. 
Frazer, D.D., of Charlotte, supply pastor of Mallard Creek, 
presided and preached the opening sermon from the text, 
Romans 8:35, on the subject, "The Security of Believers." 

At the close of the sermon, the regular communion serv- 
ice was conducted, at which Revs. J. R. Bridges, D.D., and 

C. W. Sommerville, D.D., officiated. 

After the communion service the roll was called and the 
following found present : 

ROLL 

Ministers: J. R. Bridges, A. R. Shaw, J. W. Grier, R. J. 
Mcllwaine, C. H. Little, J. G. Garth, J. W. Stork, J. M. 
Walker, W. H. Frazer, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. B. Mcllwaine, 
S. B. Lyerly, T. F. Huneycutt, W. B. S. Chandler, A. A. 
Walker, C. G. Long, C. W. Sommerville, Lynn R. Walker, 
W. H. Johnston, C. H. Rowan, T. M. Stribling, J. A. 
Caligan, A. L. McDuffie, T. H. Mitchell, W. C. Copeland, 
J. C Grier, W. G. Thomas, E. A. Dillard, A. T. Taylor, 
J. B. Reily, W. C Cooper, J. S. McFall, M. B. Prince. 

Churches Represented: Albemarle Jas. P. Sifford ; 
Brainard, D. A. McGill; Caldwell Memorial, F. H. Bierman ; 
Camden, C. H. Trexler ; Cameronian, C. W. McLendon ; 
Candor, N. P. Coppedge, M.D. ; Central Steel Creek, R. R. 
Grier; Charlotte Second, W. F. Moore; Cook's Memorial, 
Wm. D. McClure; Hamlet, C. G. Pepper; Mark's Creek, 
A. P. Williams; Marston, A. W. McKay; McGee, Edw. G. 
Hayes ; Midway, G. A. McRae ; Monroe First, F. H. Wolfe ; 
Morgan Memorial, S. W. Smith; Mt. Gilead, R. A. McRae; 
Mulberry, H. W. Bigham ; Myers Park, T. M. Glasgow; 
Oakboro, F. C. Efird; Paw Creek, R. W. Summerville ; 
Peachland, T. V. Howell; Pee Dee, J. V. Ussery; Plaza, 
H. E. Garrison; Philadelphia, C. S. Harkey; Roberdell, W. 
T. Wicker; Rockingham, J. D. Cameron; Rourk's Chapel, 

D. C. Currie ; Siler, A. C. Penegar ; Steele Creek, L. W. 
Query ; Sugaw Creek, C. W. Robinson ; Tenth Avenue, A. R. 
Shaw, Jr. ; Thomasboro, W. L. Summerville ; Troy, S. H. 



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McCall, D.D.S.; Wadesboro, J. E. Hart, M.D.; Walkersville, 
S. H. McCain; Waxhaw, R. J. Belk; Williams Memorial, 
W. J. Williams; Amity, C. M. Hutchinson; Norman, A. N. 
Cagle. 

Rev. T. M. Stribling was elected Moderator. The rules 
suspended and he was elected by acclamation. 

Rev. C. G. Long was elected Temporary Clerk. 

Mr. W. L. McLean, of the Brainard Church, was in- 
troduced and presented the Presbytery a gavel made from 
wood used in the Roberdell Mill No. 2. 

On motion the gavel was given to the Moderator at the 
close of the meeting. 

The Committee on Arrangements rendered the follow- 
ing report which was adopted : 

COMMITTEE ON ARRANGEMENTS 

We recommend the following hours for the sessions of Presby- 
tery : 9 :00 a. m. to 12 :30 p. m. ; 2 :00 p. m,. to 5 :00 p. m. ; 7 :30 p. m. 
to adjournment at will. 

We recommend further that Dr. W. H. Frazer be granted ten 
minutes during the Tuesday morning session in which to present 
the interests of Queens College. 

That Rev. Lacy I, MofTett, D.D., be heard in an address on 
Foreign Missions at the Tuesday evening session, and that the sec- 
ond order of the day at the evening meeting be the report of the 
Committee on Men's Work. 

That Presbytery hear the Presbyterial sermon by Rev. C. H. 
Little at 11 :00 o'clock Wednesday morning. 

That at 2:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon representatives of the 
Davidson College Y. M. C. A. be given fifteen minutes. 

JNO. B. REILY, 
D. A. McGILL, 

Committee. 

Recess was taken until two p. m. Presbytery was led in 
prayer by Rev. J. G. Garth! 

Tuesday Afternoon 

Presbytery reconvened at 2 p. m. 
:> The Moderator appointed the following committees : 



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Standing Committees 
Devotional: J. B. Reily and D. A. McGill. 

Bills and Overtures: W. H. Frazer, S. H. Wolf, T. F. 
Huneycutt. 

Judicial: J. R. Bridges, M. B. Prince, C. W. Robinson. 

Presbytery's Home Missions: J. A. Caligan, W. C. 
Cooper, C. H. Trexler. 

Calls and Supplies: W. B. Mcllwaine, W. B. S. Chandler, 
R. W. Summerville. 

Records of Presbytery: W. G. Thomas, C. M. Hutchin- 
son. 

Leave of Absence: A. T. Taylor, A. P. Williams. 

Minutes of General Asembly: Lynn R. Walker, J. S. Mc- 
Fall, A. W. McKay and Q. N. Huneycutt. 

Presbytery's Asessments: C. H. Rowan, J. P. Sifford, 
J. B. Reily, C. W. McLendon. 

Nominations: Moderator, J. G. Garth, W. H. Frazer, 
F. H. Bierman. 

Thanks: A. L. McDuffie, W. L, Summerville. 

The following Committee on the Ministers' Annuity 
Fund was appointed: McAlister Carson, J. M. Oldham, 
T. M. Glasgow, J. L. Choate, and R. A. Dunn. 

Various communications were read by the Stated Clerk 
and referred to the proper committees. 

The Stated Clerk reported that the assessment of Synod 
had been paid from the Presbyterial Tax Fund. 

Rev. E. R. Clegg, of the local Methodist Church, was 
introduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother. 

Rev. Lacy L Moffett, D.D., of Transylvania Presbytery, 
one of our missionaries to China, was also introduced and 
invited to sit as a visiting brother. 

Rev. W. H. Johnston and W. T. Wicker were appointed 
a special committee to consider the report concerning the 
Alexander Fund for the education of Ministerial Students. 



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Dr. W. H. Frazer, president of Queens College, was 
heard for ten minutes in the interest of that institution. 

The report of the Committee on Sabbath and Family 
Religion submitted its report which was received and pend- 
ing action, Dr. Frazer spoke concerning this cause. The 
recommendation of the committee was adopted as follows : 

SABBATH AND FAMILY RELIGION 
STANDING RULE 

We recommend that thirty m.inutes be allowed for the presen- 
tation and discussion of the report on the Sabbath and Family at 
the fall meetings of Presbytery. 

The Committee on Evangelism submitted its report, 
pending action Presbytery heard Ruling Elder T. M. Glas- 
gow, of Myers Park Church, in a splendid discussion on 
Personal Evangelism. The report was adopted : 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON EVANGELISM 

The keynote of the great commission given by our Lord to 
the church was "Evangelism." The apostles were instructed to 
preach "that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures ; 
and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day accord- 
ing to the Scriptures." They were to bear witness to the fact that 
Christ "is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto 
God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." 
And this sacred trust has come through the years to the church, 
which is his representative upon the earth. The glory and the power 
of the church, in any period of the world, is in the faithful preach- 
ing of the Gospel of the Son of God. For this the church lives ; "and 
the highest himself shall establish her." 

The world's greatest need is the salvation that comes through 
our Lord Jesus Christ, and which can be given by no other means 
than the preaching of his word. If men are "Saved to the utter- 
most" all the other human problems that confront us will find their 
solution. The church must recognize the imperative in the command 
of our Lord to preach the Gospel. It is not a matter of personal 
convenience or inclination; or should it depend upon times and sea- 
sons ; it is the obligation and responsibility to the command itself. 
Yet, it is an obedience that is to be quickened by a personal love 
for men, and a passion for souls. 

The Assembly's work committee, in a recent meeting, recogniz- 
ing the need of a greater evangelistic fervor in the church, took 
action to call the attention of the church to the utterance of the 
General Assembly at its last meeting relative to evangelism. In sub- 
stance the Assembly urges that conferences on the subject of 
evangelism be held in every Presbytery at its Fall meeting; that 
the whole church be called upon for special prayer on behalf of our 



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evangelistic endeavors ; and that an evangelistic program be adopted 
by the Presbytery that will reach every church within its bounds. 
It is evident that evangelistic fire must first of all be kindled in the 
hearts of the ministers, and then upon the altars of the church. 

Your Committee on Evangelism has been endeavoring, for the 
past few years to bring these three things urged by the Assembly 
to the attention of the church, through the Presbytery. And it is 
with humble gratitude to our Lord that we report to you some meas- 
ure of success in our efforts. For the first six months of the year, 
according to the reports received by us from the churches, there 
have been 50 meetings held, over a period of 430 days, with 324 
professions of faith, 227 additions to the church by profession of 
faith, and Id additions by letter; making a total of 303 additions 
to the church. Seventeen other churches have reported no meet- 
ings held as yet; but most of these are planning meetings for later 
in the year. 

In view of the tides of worldliness sweeping over the land, and 
which has even entered into the church itself, and the great eco- 
nomic unrest, we would urge the churches of the Presbytery to be 
diligent in their evangelistic services, whether public or personal. 
We would not presume to suggest to you the plan that you should 
folow; but so long as the promise stands "That if two of you shall 
agree upon the earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it 
shall be done for them of my Father which is in Heaven" just so 
long do we believe that the church as a congregation should meet 
in special seasons of prayer and definite appeal to men. 

We recommend: 

\. That each pastor be urged to hold one or more conferences 
with the Lord and the officers of his church to formulate an evangel- 
istic program. 

2. That if practicable that a series of evangelistic services be 
held in every church, at least once a year. 

3. That we call upon all our people to give themselves to earn- 
est prayer that God may arouse the evangelistic passion in our 
souls ; and on behalf of the meetings that are being held, at the 
time they are being held, that God may give them the victory. 

A. A. WALKER, 

Chairman. 

By a rising vote Presbytery expressed its appreciation 
to Mr. Glasgow for his address. 

The report on the Bible Cause was submitted and was 
received as information. 

The Subcommittee on Leadership Training of the Relig- 
ious Education Committee submitted its report which was 
received and its recommendations adopted as follows : 



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REPORT ON LEADERSHIP TRAINING 

Your Sub-Committee on Religious Education having charge of 
the Leadership Training work of the Presbytery submits the fol- 
lowing report : 

Pursuant to the recommendations to the Committee by Presby- 
tery last Fall that four young ladies be employed for the summer 
months to carry on Teacher Training classes and conduct Daily 
Vacation Bible schools throughout the Presbytery, your Committee 
secured the services of the following young ladies : Misses Josephine 
Edwards, Ashe Lane, Marie Brogdon, Lucille Currie. 

These young ladies did a most excellent work in the Presbytery, 
only words of praise came from the various churches where they 
labored. They conducted the D. V. B. schools in the following 
churches, each school continuing for the period of twelve days each : 
Norman, Ellerbe, Hamlet, West Avenue, Seversville, Williams Memo- 
rial, Thomasboro, Hopewell, Newells. One conducted at Amity was 
for one week only. 

There was a total enrollment in these ten schools of 903, with 
80 volunteer workers assisting. No credits were earned in Teacher 
Training classes. 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Receipts 

Balance from last year $ 49.26 

Mr. W. E. Price, Treas. Home Missions 300.00 

Free Will Offerings 112.61 

Rev. J. G. Garth, Treas. of Presbytery 250.00 

$711.87 
Disbursements 

Salaries $420.00 

Books and Supplies 98.88 

TraveHng Expenses of Workers 67.29 

Postage, Telegrams, etc. 6.20 

$592.37 
Balance on hand $119.50 

The Committee offers the following recommendations : 

1. In view of the fact that so few applications are voluntarily 
made to the Comimittee, and the expense so great to Presbytery, 
we recommend that this work be discontinued for at least one year. 

2, That all churches take advantage of the Standard Teacher 
Training School which is conducted annually in Charlotte. 

Respectfully submitted, 

B. F. YANDELL. 

Rev. S. J. Hood presented a certificate of transfer from 
Catawba Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyte- 



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rian Church, and was introduced to Presbytery. He was ex- 
amined on his personal piety and the examination was sus- 
tained. The examination on theology was also sustained. 
The examination on Church Government and the Sacra- 
ments was also sustained as satisfactory. And having an- 
swered in the affirmative the questions from the Book of 
Church Order for Ministers entering our Church from other 
denominations, the examination as a whole was sustained 
and his name ordered enrolled as a member of Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery after signing the Covenant. 

A call from Philadelphia Church for the services of Rev. 
S. J. Hood at $2,000 and a manse was found in order and the 
call was placed in his hands. He accepted the call and the 
following commission was appointed to install him Novem- 
ber 3, 1929, at 3 :00 p. m. : Rev. W. H. Frazer, to preside, 
Rev. S. B. Lyerly to preach the sermon, Rev. Q. N. Huney- 
cutt to charge the pastor, Ruling elders C. S. Harkey, J. W. 
McCain, the latter to charge the people. 

Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine D.D., reported his attendance 
upon the General Assembly in Montreat. The report was 
received and his diligence commended. 

Dr. Bridges addressed Presbytery in the interests of the 
Presbyterian Standard. 

The Committee to examine the books of the Alexander 
Fund submitted the following report which was adopted : 

Your Committee appointed to examine the books of the Treas- 
urer of the Alexander Fund beg leave to report the performance 
of that duty. We have checked the entries on this account for the 
period from Oct. 25, 1928, to Oct. 23, 1929, together with the notes 
and vouchers covering same. The record has been neatly and cor- 
rectly kept. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. H. JOHNSTON. 
W. T. WICKER. 

Presbytery took recess for supper, 5 :30 p. m. 
Tuesday Evening 

Presbytery reconvened at 7 :30 in the Methodist church. 
The Moderator turned the meeting over to the Foreign Mis- 
sion Committee, under the leadership of Rev. C. G. Long, 
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Moffett, D.D., of the China Mission, who delivered a splen- 
did address on China. 

The report was received and the recommendations 
adopted : 



FOREIGN MISSION COMMITTEE 

Recommendations 

1. That the Presbytery at this meeting engage in special prayer 
for such an outpouring of the spirit of our churches as will enable 
the Executive Committee to send to all our Misssions the desper- 
ately needed re-enforcements for which they are pleading, and will 
bring our who! church into a deeper sympathy with Him on whose 
great heart lay ever closest and heaviest the burden of the unreached. 

2. That churches, societies, and individuals assume, wherever 
practicable, definite responsibility for definite parts of the Foreign 
Mission work. 

3. That ministers give special attention this year to the mis- 
sionary education program of their churches, noting the aid offered 
them by the Foreign Mission Educational Department in working 
out better means of keeping their churches informed with regard 
to Foreign Missions. 

4. That all our church leaders utilize to the utmost the Foreign 
Mission programs, literature, stereopticon slides, and visits from 
foreign missionaries, offered by the Educational Department, in 
order that missions may be given its scriptural place in all depart- 
ments of our church life. 

5. That during January, 1930, every church in the General As- 
sembly organize a Church School of Missions, using the approved 
Foreign Mission study books for each age group, 

6. That churches co-operate with the chairman in arranging 
with the Foreign Mission office for missionary itineraries as often 
as opportunity affords. 

7. That Sunday Schools focus their attention this year upon the 
Foreign Mission Educational Work, designating their Foreign Mis- 
sion contributions to the $100,000 being raised in the Sunday Schools 
for this work, such offerings to be credited to the local church 
Foreign Mission budget. 

8. That Young People's Societies focus their attention this year 
upon the rehabilitation of our medical work in China, designating 
their Foreign Mission offerings to the $10,000 being raised in the 
societies for this work, such offerings to be credited to the local 
church Foreign Mission budget. 

9. That Presbytery urge its pastors and churches to utilize to 
the utmost the month of January and the Self-Denial Week, Jan- 



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uary 26-February 2, which the Assembly has appointed for church- 
wide observance in behalf of this great cause. 

EDGAR G. GAMMON, Chairman. 

Rev. W. B. S. Chandler led in prayer for the Foreign 
Mission cause. 

As the second order of the evening the report of the 
Department of Men's Work was considered. 

The report was presented by the chairman, Rev. Lynn R. 
Walker, D.D. Prayer for the men's work was led by Rev. 
W. B. Mcllwaine, D.D. 

Prof. W. D. Loy, President of Steele Creek Men-of-the- 
Church, and John E. McLaughlin, president of the Men-of- 
the-Church of Richmond County, spoke on Men's Work. 

The report was adopted and is as follows : 

REPORT OF DEPARTMENT OF MEN'S WORK 

The Department of Men's Work of our Assembly has completed 
five years of work under the present plan of having an all-time 
Secretary in the promotion of the Men-of-the-Church organization. 

If progress during these years seems to have been slow it 
should be remembered the task has been great : a literature had to 
be created, Synodical and Presbyterial committees secured, men had 
to be trained to be leaders, pastors and sessions aroused and inter- 
ested and their approval obtained, and, just as the Woman's Work 
had years of difficulty in displacing the old societies with the Auxil- 
iary so the same difficulty has been encountered in promoting the 
Men-of-the-Church. The Church Club has given way, where it has 
given way at all, slowly and reluctantly to this organization which 
has for its object the larger and more comprehensive purpose to 
organize all the men of the church in Christian service and fellow- 
ship, to promote among them the study of the Bible and of the 
history, standards, agencies, and aims of our church, and to stimu- 
late and enlist them in witnessing for Christ. 

When we consider there fore the largeness of the task and tre 
difficulties that had to be encountered we realize these years have 
not been idle years nor have they been unfruitful. Hundreds of 
churches have been organized, and some most remarkable develop- 
ments in Men's Work are being reported in individual churches 
and in some Presbyteries. A splendid literature has been prepared — 
a literature that is often fascinating in interest and in the clearness 
with which the plans and advantages of the organization have been 
set forth. Synods and Presbyteries are now awake to the impor- 
tance of the organization and are appointing committees with the 
title Department of Men's Work, thus conforming to the Assem- 



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bly's. Through Conventions and Training Schools many men have 
been trained for leaders. And it has been demonstrated to the satis- 
faction of the church at large that wherever the Men-of-the-Church 
has been given even a reasonable chance by pastor and men its 
results were greater in the life of the local church and more valu- 
able to the Kingdom task than those using some plan of their own, 
or any independent plan. Organizations following the Men-of-the- 
Church plans have shown a larger proportion of definite things done 
and a more constructive attitude toward the life and work of our 
church. 

The definiteness of the organization in its program to reach men, 
to teach men, and to train men in fellowship and service, and the 
success attained where it has been faithfully and intelligently tried 
should stimulate the churches of Mecklenburg Presbytery to a 
more careful and prayerful study of this organization and to a more 
vital appreciation of its possibilities for our men, and through them 
to the Kingdom of our Lord. 

Your Committee has been studying the organization. Your chair- 
man has attended one conference. We have accomplished little in 
things seen. We have made plans for promoting the work. Some of 
these we have held in abeyance for a more favorable time. We 
have arranged this conference this evening hoping it may be the 
bginning of a larger interest in the Presbytery and put us in a 
favorable position in promoting the work. We realize almost every- 
thing depends upon the pastor and then through him upon the 
intelligent interest and approval of sessions. 

We would therefore make the following recommendations and 
ask for them your hearty approval and adoption : 

1. That the plans and policies of the Department of Men's 
Work of our Assembly be approved. 

2. That the Men-of-the-Church organization be given a place 
upon the docket of the sessoins of all churches at an early date 
for the careful, thorugh and prayerful study of the organization; 
and preparatory to this meeting, literature be ordered from the 
Secretary, Dr. J. E. Purcell, Henry Grady Building, Atlanta. 

3. That a committee on organization be appointed by sessions 
to make further study of plans for beginning the organization, and 
to set up the organization whenever it shall seem practical according 
to the constitution. 

4. That small churches composing a group, when it is not pos- 
sible to set up the organization in each church, be organized as one 
organization with a working group in each church of the group. 

5. That we request Dr. Purcell, Secretary of Men's Work, to 
arrange at least one Training School in our Presbytery. 

6. That we pledge our support to this Committee in the pro- 
motion of Men's Work throughout our Presbytery. 



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7. That we express our approval and appreciation of the Men- 
of-the-Church organization of Richmond County. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LYNN R. WALKER, Chm. 
L E. WALLACE, 
L. P. BURNEY, 

J. E. McLaughlin, 

C. p. BROWN, 
H. J. SPENCER, 
p. S. GILCHRIST, 
T. M. GLASGOW, 
M. E. TROTTER, 
J. P. MARSH, 

Committee. 

The report of the Executive Committee of Home Mis- 
sions was presented through its chairman Rev. J. M. 
Walker, w^hich was referred to the Standing Committee on 
Home Missions. 

Presbytery adjourned until 9 a. m. Wednesday. 

The closing prayer was led by Rev. L. I. Mofifett, D.D. 

SECOND DAY 

Presbytery reconvened at 9:00 a. m. The Devotional 
period was conducted by Rev. J. M. Walker. 

The minutes of yesterday's sessions were read and 
approved. 

The Commitee on Calls and supplies submitted the fol- 
lowing report which was adopted : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEES ON CALLS AND SUPPLIES 

Into the hands of the Committee has come a request from Rev. 
Wm. P. Chedester that he be permitted to labor outside the bounds 
of the Presbytery until the spring meeting, pursuing certain lines of 
study. We recommend that the request be granted. 

We have a request from the session of Mallard Creek Presby- 
terion Church that they be permitted to supply Dr. Wm. H. Frazer 
as Stated Supply until the spring meeting of Presbytery. Also a 
like request from the Hopev^ell Church for the services of Dr. C. W. 
Sommerville. A request from Williams Memorial Church for the 
services as Stated Supply of Rev. A. R. Shaw until the spring 
meeting. We recommend that these requests be granted. 

We have calls from the Beulah, Pageland and Salem Churches 



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for the pastoral services of Licentiate J. A. Mclntyre, Beulah 
Church paying $250, Pageland $180, Salem $180, each in regular 
monthly payments, and the use of a manse. The Home Missions 
Committee will supplement these amounts with $1,200 in regular 
monthly payments. We recommend that the calls be found in order, 
and that they be placed in his hands. 

We recommend the following order for the ordination and installa- 
tion of Licentiate J. A. Mclntyre : 

That his examination for licensure be accepted for ordination, 
and that a commission be appointed consisting of Ministers A. A. 
Walker, Chairman, R. J. Mcllwaine and W. G. Thomas, with M. B. 
Prince as alternate for any, and Elder W. E. Price, with D. E. Clark 
as alternate, to ordain Mr. Mclntyre in the Beulah Church and to 
install him as pastor on the first Sunday of November at 11 :00 
o'clock ; that the same commission install Mr. Mclntyre as pastor 
of the Salem Church at 3 :00 p. m., and in the Pageland Church at 
7 :30 p. m. on the same day, the Chairman to arrange the various 
parts of the service. 

For the Committee, 

WM. B. McILWAINE. 

Presbytery voted to accept the examination of Licentiate 
Mclntyre for licensure as satisfactory for his ordination. 

Licentiate J. A. Mclntyre accepted the calls extended to 
him from the Pageland, Salem and Beulah churches, and 
the commission was appointed t oordain and install him 
as indicated in the report above. 

The Committee on Assessments submitted the foUow^- 
ing report which was adopted : 

PRESBYTERIAL ASSESSMENTS 

List of Delinquent Churches 

Your Committee on Presbytery's Assessments would respectfully 
submit the following: 

The following is a list of the churches which have not paid 
their Presbyterial tax to date. 

Marshville, Midland, North Charlotte, Oakboro, Palestine, Plaza, 
Porter, Seversville, Six Mile Creek, Siler, Stanfield, Star, Stephen- 
son, Tabernacle, Wadeville. 

We recommend : 

1. That all churches which pay their Presbyterial tax by Nov. 
15, 1929, be not considered as delinquent. 

2. That the Presbytery through the Stated Clerk cite all 



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churches which do not pay their Presbyterial tax by November 15 
to appear at the Spring meeting, Presbytery to show cause why 
they have not paid this tax. 

Submitted by Committee, 

C. H. ROWAN. 
J. P. SIFFORD. 
J. B. REILY. 

The Standing Committee on Home Missions has examined the 
report of the Executive Committee and recommends its approval, 
and the adoption of its recommendations. 

M. B. PRINCE. 
W. C. COOPER. 
J. A. CALIGAN. 
C. H. TREXLER. 

The Standing- Committee on Presbytery's Home Mis- 
sions recommended that the report of the Permanent Com- 
mittee be adopted which is as follows : 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF HOME MISSIONS 

The Executive Committee of Home Missions for the Presbytery 
submits the following report for the first half of the church year : 

We begin by recording our gratitude to the Great Head of the 
Church for the manifold blessings which have been upon our labors 
during the year. It is our candid judgment that the work is in 
better condition today than it has been at any time during the years 
we have been charged with it. This is especially true in regards to 
the men who man the fields, the means with which to conduct 
the work, and the material equipment on the fields. These three 
factors combined with a fourth, namely, the open door to our 
church in all this Home Mission territory, are changing the whole 
aspect of the work for the Committee. While we still have our 
many problems to deal with, they are nevertheless those that belong 
to a going concern; and that makes all the difference in the world, 
as everyone knows. Having wiped out a staggering debt of $15,000, 
which we inherited a few years ago, we are now able to give our 
time and attention to real constructive Home Mission work, and to 
do it with pleasure. 

1. The Men 

That which gives the Committee most pleasure in conducting 
the work is the securing of a body of fine young men for the various 
Home Mission fields. Never have we been quite so successful in 
this respect as this year. Today we have as choice a body of Home 
Mission workers as can be found anywhere in the church. In most 
cases they are young men fresh from the seminaries, big-hearted, 
sacrificial, and withal having a determination to do the work. It is 
a real pleasure to be of any assistance to them. Reports from the 
fields show that they have had 237 professions of faith this sum- 



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mer; 141 additions to the church on profession, and 59 by letter, 
a total addition of 200. 

It might be of interest to know that 2iJ evangelistic meetings 
have been held during the summer, resulting in 211 professions of 
faith, 118 additions to our church on profession, and 24 by letter; 
total addition from the meetings 142. Other meetings are now in 
progress, or will be held later on in the year. So that by the end 
of the church year we confidently look for a big increase in the 
membership of the Home Mission churches. 

All these churches, now numbering 52, are being regularly sup- 
plied with preaching either by resident pastors, or Stated Supply, 
with the exception of two groups: Lee Park, Turner, and Stevenson; 
Bethlehem, Unionville, and Midland. The latter group was supplied 
during the summer by M. R. Ross, a senior at Union Theological 
Seminary, Richmond, Va., who has now returned to Richmond for 
his last year's work. Both these two groups of churches are now 
in search of men, and have good hopes of being suppHed in a 
short time. 

In addition to the men on the field, the Committee has secured 
Miss Laura Grier, a graduate of the Assembly Training School of 
Richmond, Va., as a field worker on the Roberdel group of churches] 
She comes to this needy field as a trained and experienced worker. 
For two years previous to her coming to this work she did excel- 
lent Home Mission work in Lexington Presbytery of the Synod of 
Virginia. We expect great things of her in her new work. She has 
been on the field since the first of September. 

The fact that practically all our fields are supplied, and supplied 
with exceptionally fine men ,your Committee counts as a most 
happy condition for the work, but we would remind the Presbytery 
that such a condition calls for a very heavy payroll, and one that 
will take more money than we have been receiving if we are to 
sustain the work and end the year free from debt. 

II. The Means 

Just a word about the finances of the Committee will be suffi- 
cient at this time. At the regular Spring meeting we make our com- 
plete financial report forthe year, and recommend the appropria- 
tions. Funds have been coming in rather slowly for this first half 
of the year; however, our Treasurer has been able to pay all the 
workers on the fields their salaries up to date without having to 
go into the banks and borrow. This has been made possible by 
your Committee carrying a small balance at the beginning of the 
year. That balance has now been consumed, and the treasury is 
about empty. We plead for a liberal offering from every church in 
the Presbytery from now on until the end of the church year, and 
we know you will not fail us. We are conducting the work on a 
strictly cash basis, as we know you want us to do; and yet we are 
not out to save money. Our ears are ever open to the call of the 
field, and where we have felt that we should enter we have done 
so, and trusted to the churches to stand by us. It has meant, of 
course, the enlarging of our program of work, but you have not 



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failed us in the support. And your Committee would here record 
its high appreciation for the fine support which we have received 
from churches, societies, Sunday Schools, and individuals. This is 
not intended to commend every church, however, for there are many 
churches in the Presbytery, and some of them constantly looking 
to the Committee for help, that make no contribution to the cause 
of Presbytery's Home Missions worthy of the name. Our plea is 
with you. If your church is one of these, in the name of all that is 
fair, won't you come to the aid of this vital and most fundamental 
work of the church? 

III. The Material Equipment 

The building program goes on in the Presbytery with unabated 
force, especially is this true in the Home Mission fields. In our last 
report, the one to the Spring meeting of the Presbytery at Steel 
Creek, we listed the nams of seventeen Home Mission churches 
which have been built in just recent years, representing an expendi- 
tur of over $200,000. Since that time North Charlotte has begun the 
erection of a new church. It is being built on a new and most beau- 
tiful site, the gift of Mr. C. W. Johnston of Charlotte. The first unit 
of the plant, the one they are now working on, will cost about 
$11,000. The church at Troy, under the leadership of Rev. W. C. 
Copeland, has taken on new life and they are proceeding rapidly 
to the completion of their new building, estimated cost when com- 
plete $18,000. Waxhaw is building a new church on the site of the 
old one at a cost of about $10,000. The Tabernacle Church is now 
complete at a cost about the same as the Waxhaw Church. A new 
church has been build at Nevins out on the Statesville road from 
Charlotte at a cost of $12,000. While not strictly a Home Mission 
church, nevertheless, your Committee has been called upon to help 
with the building. A handsome new church is in process of erection 
at Matthews to cost complete about $15,000. This church likewise 
has asked the aid of your Committee though it is not a Home Mis- 
sion church. We want to help them if a way can be found to do 
it out of our small income. They need help. Theirs is a great under- 
taking for a small church, and at a time, too, when they have no 
pastor. 

The following churches need church buildings : Biscoe, Star, 
Rourks Chapel, McLean Memorial, and Lilesville. These congrega- 
tions are at present worshipping in buildings belonging to sister 
denominations or in schoolhouses. 

We need manses at North Charlotte, Plaza, Marshville, Oak- 
boro, Troy, Badin, Marston, Morven, and one for the Peachland- 
Polkton group. 

In all these cases your Committee will called upon to help, 
and we must do what we can when the time comes. What brings 
sorrow to us is that we have so little that we can contribute to 
this special phase of the work. How the Committee does need a loan 
found of at least $25,000! Presbytery could do no finer thing than 
provide just such a fund. In after years it would pay back four- 
fold, and then some. 

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the authority to sell the Allen Church and lot and buy a new lot near 
the Clear Creek Consolidated High School if the way was clear 
and it seemed good to the Committee. The building has been sold 
for the sum of $100, and it has been removed and converted into 
a dwelling. The lot, an acre of ground, remains to be disposed of. 
It has not seemed practicable to try to rebuild near the school build- 
ing, and since there are but one or two members of the old organ- 
ization left, we are recommending that this church be dissolved. 

IV. Workers* Conference 

The second annual Workers' Conference was held at Morven 
on June 11th at the expense of the Committee. The Morven people 
in a most happy way furnished the entertainment. The meeting 
was largely attended by the ministers, their wives, and the members 
of the Home Mission Committee. The most pressing problems of the 
fields were discussed during the day, and as a consequence both 
the men on the fields and the Committee got a better understanding 
of their common task. This annual conference is proving more and 
more worthwhile and an organization was set up at this meeting 
to foster its aims. C. E. White was elected president; W. E. Price, 
vice-president, and J. B. Reily, secretary. Already plans are under 
way for a greater meeting next year. 

V. Recommendations 

1. Supplies should be granted as follows : A. S. Anderson, Badin 
and Palestine ; C. E. White, Waxhaw and Tabernacle. 

2. That Presbytery approve the employing of Miss Laura Grier, 
field worker in the Roberdell, Brainard, Cameronian and Midway 
group. 

3. The Allen Church be dissolved, and that Elder Morrison be 
given a letter of transfer to Rocky River Church in Concord 

Presbytery. J. M. WALKER, 

Chairman. 

The Permanent Committee on Stewardship submitted 
the following report which was adopted : 

REPORT OF STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE 

The Stewardship Committee submits the following report : 

The apportionment sent down to Mecklenburg Presbytery by 
the Synod of North Carolina at its 1929 session for the fiscal year 
beginning April 1, 1930, amounts to $217,000.00. This covers the 
benevolent causes for Assembly, Synod and Presbytery. It is a 
decrease of $3,000.00 from the askings for this current year. 

The Presbytery raised $195,234 last year for benevolences. The 
year previous we raised $206,967, and the year preceding that 
benevolences amounted to $237,257. For the one-year period then 
there was a decrease of $11,733 and for the two-year period a 
decrease of $42,053 is shown. This should cause us deep concern. If 



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our Presbytery is growing spiritually and numerically it should be 
reflected in the gifts to benevolences. 

Following the action of the last General Assembly we call atten- 
tion to the fact that this is "Stewardship Year" and its observance 
is commended to all church members. The Stewardship Department 
has available a good supply of free literature for distribution. 

Recommendations 

1. That the benevolent askings of the Presbytery for the year 
beginning April 1, 1930, amounting to $217,000, be adopted, and that 
the Stewardship Committee be authorized to pro-rate this amount 
between the churches of the Presbytery, and when pro-rated same 
to be printed and attached in the back of the minutes of the Fall 
meeting of Presbytery. 

2. That the percentages of distribution be the same as here- 
tofore, sixty per cent for Assembly's causes, forty per cent for 
Synods and Presbytery. 

3. That March 16, 1930, be the date for the Every Member 
Canvass as per the recommendation of the General Assembly. 

4. That Presbytery urge pastors and other leaders in line with 
the action of the 1929 General Assembly to observe February as 
a season of Stewardship study, at prayer meetings, in Sunday School 
or otherwise, using one of the following books : "The Stewardship 
of Life," by Crawford; "Royal Partnership," Melvin; "Man's Obliga- 
tion to His Maker," McClung. 

5. That Presbytery designate second Monday in February as 
a day of prayer and that Presbytery meet at the First Church, 
Charlotte, at 11 a. m., as we did this year, and that the Secretary 
of Stewardship have charge of this meeting. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. A. DILLARD, Chairman. 

Rev. W. H. Johnston was later elected as Secretary of Steward- 
ship. 

The Committee on Young People's Work submitted the 
following report which was adopted and is as follows : 

REPORT ON YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORK 

Young People's Conference, July 5th to 12th. There were 101 
young people registered and eight adults, total 109. Terms were 
$5.00 board and room and $1.00 registration fee. This fee to take 
care of expenses. Place was the Marshburn Hotel at White Lake. 
Therefore 101 young people at $6.00 amounted to $606.00 received. 
Paid to Marshburn for young people and adults. $565.00. 

$41.00 

Expenses, Printing $ 7.50 

Pins for Prizes 4.50 

Lime and Horseshoes 1.00 



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Meals on Mon. for those making trip 4.00 

Gasoline on trip making arrangements 10.00 

Total $27.00 

$27.00 

Balance $14.00 

The faculty were as follows : Dr. W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., teacher 
of the Bible; Rev. W. B. S. Chandler, teacher of Church History; 
Mr. George Chenot, church music and conducting ; Mrs. E. A. Dil- 
lard, registrar and counsellor; Mrs. R. W. Mitchell, counsellor and 
nurse ; Miss Mary Howard Turlington, counsellor ; Mr. Tom Hill, 
athletic director and counsellor; Rev. E. A. Dillard, conference 
director. 

Dr. Mcllwaine gave two of the inspirational addresses in the 
evening ;Mr. Dillard, one, and Professor Earnest Beaty of Davidson 
the last. 

The conference was a wonderful blessing to young people and 
adults alike. Already many of the young people are asking about 
a similar conference next year. This was our first attempt at a 
conference like this in Mecklenburg Presbytery. If God wills, and 
Presbytery so authorizes and another conference is held next year, 
it will be planned with more experience, with improvements, a 
larger faculty, etc. Almost all the city churches were represented 
and many of the country churches. As you will observe the confer- 
ence pays for itself. 

Thanking you for this privilege, 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. A. DILLARD, Chairman. 

Please note the following recommendations : 

1. That a Young People's Conference of a similar kind be held 
annually. 

2. That a representative and alternate be chosen from each 
church in the Presbytery to attend this conference. 

Rev. L. R. Walker, D.D., reported attendance upon the 
sessions of the General Assembly at Montreat. which re- 
port was received and his diligence commended. 

The Committee on Assembly's Minutes submitted the 
following report which was adopted : 

ASSEMBLY'S MINUTES 

Your Committee on General Assembly's Minutes would call 
attention to the following actions and directions of the Assembly : 
1. The approval of the Ministers' Annuity Fund by the Assem- 



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bly and the Assembly directs all its agencies to co-operate in its 
establishment and urges all its ministers and churches to adopt and 
enter into the fund. (See Page 46.) 

Presbytery has appointed Committee requested. (See report of 
Committee on Ministerial Relief.) 

2. To the basis of union with the United Presbyterian Church 
(Page 139) recommending its adoption, and directing that it be sent 
down to the Presbyteries for their advice and consent to the same. 
(Pages 62 and 69.) We recommend that this matter be placed on 
the docket of Spring meeting of Presbytery. 

3. Attention of Presbytery is directed to the continuance of 
the Committee on Closer Relations with the A. R. P. Church and 
to the appointment of an Ad Interim Committee on Closer Rela- 
tions with Other Presbyterian Bodies. (Pages 94 and 98.) 

4. To Assembly's direction that Presbytery appoint a Commit- 
tee, which may be the Home Mission Committee, to function in 
the promotoin of Country Church Work (Page 58), we recommend 
the appointment of a new Committee, with title, Committee on 
Country Church Work. 

5. To the direction of the Assembly that Presbytery consider 
the adoption of an Evangelistic program designed to reach every 
church in the Presbytery with a special Evangelistic meeting (Page 
68), we recommend that this be referred to the Committee on 
Evangelism with the direction to arrange such a program and to 

promote it in all our churches. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LYNN R. WALKER, Chairman. 



The request of McGee Church for the pastoral services 
of Rev. A. H. Fraser as supply until the Spring Meeting of 
Presbytery was presented to Presbytery. Mr. Alexander of 
the McGee Church was given the privilege of the floor and 
spoke concerning the request. The request was deferred to 
the adjourned meeting of Presbytery and the Clerk in- 
structed to confer with Mr. Frazer and the church as to 
his coming into the Presbytery. 

Presbytery recessed for five minutes before taking up 
the order of the day. 

The Presbyterial sermon was preached by Rev. C. H. 
Little from Col. 1 :27, subject, "Christ in You the Hope of 
Glory." 

Presbytery then took recess for lunch until 1 :30 p. m. 



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SECOND DAY 

Afternoon 

Presbytery reconvened at 1 :40 p. m. The Judicial Com- 
mittee reported that nothing had come into its hands. 

The following report of the Leave of Absence Commit- 
tee was adopted: 

REPORT OF LEAVE OF ABSENCE COMMITTEE 

The Committee on Leave of Absence desires to make the 
following report : 

We recommend that the following ministers be excused for 
their non-attendance on this meeting of Presbytery : Dr. M. E. 
Sentelle, Dr. A. S. Johnson, W. S. Hamiter, G. C. Huntington, Dr. 
J. F. Hardy, L. P. Burney, L E. Wallace, M. E. Peabody, and Dr. 
C. R. Nisbet, S. B. McLean, B. F. Yandell. 

Recommended that Rev. E. A, Dillard be excused for non-attend- 
ance on first day of this mee'cing of Presbytery. 

Excused after Tuesday afternoon : Dr. W. H. Frazer, Dr. A. R. 
Shaw, Dr. C. W. Sommerville, W. H. Johnston, G. A. McRae. 

Excused from sessions of second day: Rev. J. W. Greer, Rev. 
J. A. Caligan, Dr. J. E. Hart, Dr. N. P. Coppedge, H. E. Garrison, 
T. V. Howell, C. M. Hutchison. 

That permission be granted to Rev, W. S. Hamiter to labor with- 
out the bounds of Presbytery for the next six months. 

A. T. TAYLOR. 

A delegation from the Davidson College Y. M. C. A. 
consisting of M. C. O'Neal, Secretary, Dean Rusk, and T. R. 
Nunan, presented the workings of the Y. M. C. A. there and 
volunteered the help of the Y. M. C. A. in holding services 
in the churches, Sunday Schools and Young People's Work. 

Presbytery voted its appreciation to these young men. 

The following resolution of thanks was adopted with a 
rising vote : 

RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

Mecklenburg Presbytery hereby expresses its gratitude to the 
pastor and people of Brainard Church, and the people of other 
churches, for their hospitality in the entertainment of Presbytery. 



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We particularly are grateful to the ladies of the church and 
community for the abundant and delicious lunches at mid-day. 

Also the pastor and the people of the Methodist Church for 
the use of the auditorium, and to the Woodmen of the World for 
the use of their hall for the lunches. 

Also that these resolutions be read to the local Presbyterian 
and Methodist congregations. 

W. L. SUMMERVILLE. 
A. L. McDUFFIE; 

The Nominating Committee submitted the following 
report which was adopted. See inside covers. 

One hundred dollars was appropriated for the Secretary 
of Stewardship from the Presbyterial tax, out of which he 
is to pay the expenses of the office. 

The Bills and Overtures Committee reported that noth- 
ing had been brought to their attention. 

Presbytery's printed minutes were approved. 

The Ad Interim Committee on Revision of the Manual 
reported progress and was continued. 

The time and place for meeting of the Spring Meeting of 
Presbytery postponed until the adjourned meeting. 

November 19th at 10:00 a. m. in the First Presbyterian 
Church of Charlotte was set for the adjourned meeting. 

Rev. M. B. Prince was appointed to preach the Presbyte- 
rial sermon at the Spring Meeting, the subject to be chosen 
by Mr. Prince. 

The minutes of today's sessions were read and approved. 

Following the Roll Call Presbytery was led in prayer by 
Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine and stood adjourned. 

J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 
C. G. LONG, Temporary Clerk. 
T. M. STRIBLING, Moderator. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



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ADJOURNED MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session at 
10 a. m., November 19th at the First Presbyterian Church, 
Charlotte, N. C 

Rev. S. B. Lyerly, last moderator present, was called 
upon to preside. The following were present: 

ROLL 

Ministers: J. R. Bridges, G. C. Huntington, A. R. Shaw, 
J. W. Grier, H. E. Gurney, C. H. Little, R. S. Burwell, A. S. 
Johnston, C. E. White, R. W. Culberson, J. G. Garth, J. W. 
Stork, J. M. Walker, W. C. Underwood, L. H. Query, Q. N. 
Huneycutt, W. B. Mcllwaine, S. B. Lyerly, T. F. Huneycutt, 
M. E. Peabody, A. A. Walker, C. C. Beam, I. E. Wallace, 
S. B. McLean, W. H. Johnston, E. G. Gammon, C. R. Nisbet, 
A. F. Doty, J. C. Grier, Jas. F. Hardie, W. W. Akers, L. P. 
Burney, J. S. McFall, W. C. Cooper, M. B. Prince, S. J. Hod. 

Churches Represented: C. M. Hutchinson, Amity; O. W. 
Potts, Banks; R. A. Grier, Central Steele Creek; F. H. 
Andrews, Charlotte, First ; Edw. C. Hayes, McGee ; H. W. 
Bigham, Mulberry; R. W. Summerville, Paw Creek; J. M. 
Miller, Philadelphia ; H. E. Garrison, Plaza ; C W. Robin- 
son, Sugaw Creek; W. L. Summerville, Thomasboro ; S. W. 
Smith, Morgan. 

Opened with prayer by Rev. W. W. Akers, pastor of 
West Avenue Church. 



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The following visiting ministers were present and i 
vited to sit as visiting brethren : 

Dr. D. H. Scanlon, Granville Presbytery; Rev. W. A. 
Nicholson, Wilmington Presbytery ; Rev. Geo. F. Robertson, 
Holston Presbytery and Rev. H. C. Carmichael, North Caro- 
lina Conference Methodist Protestant Church. 

Upon motion the unfinished business of calls and supplies 
was taken up. 

McGee Church was granted the privilege of engaging 
Rev. A. H. Frazer, of the Presbyterian Church, U. S. A., to 
supply them until the Spring Meeting of Presbytery. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 33 



Calls from Lee Park, Stephenson and Turner Churches 
for the pastoral services of Rev. W. B. Neil, of Wilmington 
Presbytery for $400.00, $200.00 and $350.00 respectively 
v^ere read and referred to the Committee on Calls and 
Supplies. 

Calls from Banks and Pineville Churches for Rev. W. A. 
Nicholson of Wilmington Presbytery for half time each for 
$500.00 and $900.00 respectively were read and referred to 
the Committee on Calls and supplies along v^ith a request 
from Six Mile Creek Church for afternoon services of Rev. 
W. A. Nicholson. 

Rev. H. C. Carmichael of the North Carolina Annual 
Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church, presented 
a certificate of good standing, which being accepted, Mr. 
Carmichael was examined for reception. 

The examination on Experimental Religion by the mod- 
erator was sustained as satisfactory part of trial. 

The examination on theology by Dr. A. S. Johnston was 
sustained. 

The examination on Church Government by Rev. M. E. 
Peabody was sustained. 

The examination as a whole was sustained and Rev. 
H. C. Carmichael was received and enrolled a member of 
Presbytery upon signing the covenant. 

The requests from Unionville, Bethlehem and Midland 
Churches for the services of Rev. H. C. Carmichael as stated 
supply were granted. 

Philadelphia Church, through its pastor Rev. S. J. Hood, 
extended a most cordial invitation to Presbytery to hold 
the Spring Meeting with them. The invitation was accepted 
by rising vote. 

The Committee on Christian Education through its 
chairman. Rev. J. W. Grier, rendered the following report 
which with its recommendations were adopted. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

We have on our roll 24 candidates for the ministry and two 
young ladies preparing for mission work. 



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J, H. Caligan, M. B. Moss, and J. M. Davis are in Union Sem- 
inary. 

P. P, Thrower and E. F. Lothery are in Columbia Seminary. 

Harry W. Alexander is in Louisville Seminary. 

H. A. Gilbert, Bruce Peabody, J. M. Smith, W. B. Mcllwaine and 
T. M. Davis are at Davidson College. 

M. B. White is in Presbyterian College of South Carolina. 

F. J. Knox is in Junior College at Maxton. 

J. D. Withrow^ is in Hampden-Sidney College. 

B. F. Brown, C. L. Norwood and C. K. Poole are teaching. H. T. 
Rummage and W. W. Thrower are working. 

Jack Hand is working to help support his family, his father 
being dead. He thinks that it will not be possible for him to return 
to school and asks that his name be dropped from the roll of can- 
didates. 

Your chairman has not been able to hear from W. E. Love, 
J. F. Hutchinson, John Munsey Smith, or Guy E. Weeks after having 
written to each of them repeatedly. 

We recommend : 

1. That the names of Jack Hand, J. F. Hutchison, John Munsey 
Smith, W. E. Love, and Guy E. Weeks be dropped from the roll of 
candidates. 

2. Concord Presbytery requests that Candidate Jonathan Smith, 
now on list of Mecklenburg Presbytery, be transferred to the care 
of Concord Presbytery. Mr. Smith is now at Davidson College pur- 
suing his course preparatory to entering the seminary. 

3. The following loans be made by Central Committee : 

LOANS 

Name Institution Class Amount 

Curlee, Mary Assembly's Tr. School 1st $125 N 

Davis, Jay McDonald __Union Seminary 1st $125 R 

Davis, Thomas M. Davidson College 1st $125 N 

Gilbert, Harry A. Davidson College 2nd $125 R 

Lothery, Espy F. Columbia Seminary 3rd $125 R 

McSwain, Wm. Belk — Davidson College 3rd $125 R 

Moss, Moody Rash Union Seminary 3rd $125 R 

Peabody, Bruce Davidson College 1st $125 N 

Thrower, Paul P. Columbia Seminary 2nd $125 R 

Walker, E. Noel Uni. of N. Carolina 

Medical Department 2nd $250 R 

White, Murray P. C. of S. C. 1st $125 N 

Withrow, J. D. Jr. Hampden-Sidney 3rd $100 R 

2 Girls $ 375 

10 Boys 1,250 

12 Candidates $1,625 
J. W. GRIER, Chairman. 

Note : "N" indicates New Loan and "R" indicates a Renewal. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 35 



Rev. J. A. McQueen, Rev. C. E. White, Rev. W. W. 
Akers, Rev. W. C. Underwood presented satisfactory rea- 
sons for absence at the Fall Meeting of Presbytery and 
were excused for non-attendance. 

The commission to ordain and install licentiate J. A. 
Mclntyre at Pageland, Beulah and Salem Churches, and the 
commission to install Rev. S. J. Hood at Philadelphia re- 
ported the duty performed, which reports were adopted, as 
follows : 

ORDINATION OF J. A. McINTYRE 

Report of Commission to ordain Rev. J. A. Mclntyre and install 
him as pastor in the churches of the Pageland group. 

The Commission met at Beulah Church at 11 o'clock on Novem- 
ber 3, 1929, and aftera sermon by Rev. W. G. Thomas, of Ellerbe, 
from Jno. 15:15, was duly constituted with prayer by the Chairman, 
Rev. A. A. Walker. Rev, R. J. Mcllwain was elected Clerk. The 
Commission then proceeded to ordain Mr. Mclntyre to the Gospel 
ministry by the laying on of hands, and to install him as pastor of 
Beulah Church. Rev. R. J. Mcllwain charged the pastor and Elder 
W. E. Price charged the pepole. 

The Commission met at Salem Church at 3 p. m. and was recon- 
vened by the Chairman, Rev. A. A. Walker. Rev. R. J. Mcllwain 
preached the sermon and Rev. A. A. Walker propounded the con- 
stitutional questions to Mr. Mclntyre, and the congregation. Rev. 
Mr. Thomas charged the pastor and Elder W. E. Price charged 
the people. 

The Commission was again convened at the Pageland Presby- 
terian Church at 7 p. m., by the Chairman, Rev. A. A. Walker, who 
preached, presided and propounded the constitutional questions 
and charged the pastor. Elder W. E. Price charged the people. 

A. A. WALKER, Chairman. 
R. J. McILWAINE, Clerk. 

REPORT OF COMMISSION TO INSTALL REV. S. J. HOOD 

The Commission to install Rev. S. J. Hood at Philadelphia 
Church met at the church on November 3, 1929, with the following 
present : W. H. Frazer, D.D., S. B. Lyerly and Q. N. Huneycutt, 
and Elders J. W. McCain and C. S. Harkey. 

The Commission was constituted with prayer by Rev. S. B. 
Lyerly. Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt was elected secretary. 

Dr. W. H. Frazer presided and propounded the constitutional 
questions. Rev. S. B. Lyerly preached the sermon. Rev. Q. N. Huney- 
cutt charged the pastor, and Elder John W. McCain charged the 
congregation. 



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The required questions having been answered by both Rev. 
Mr. Hood and people, he w^as duly installed as pastor of the church. 

Q. N. HUNEYCUTT, Secretary. 

The resignation of Ruling Elder McAlister Carson, 
chairman of Presbytery's Committee on the Ministers' 
Annuity Fund, was accepted. 

A. J. Crowell, M.D., Ruling Elder in the Charlotte Second 
Church was elected chairman of this committee. 

The Committee on Calls and Supplies, through its chair- 
man, Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, D.D., was presented and 
adopted : 

SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE ON 
CALLS AND SUPPLIES 

Into the hands of your Committee have come the following calls 
for the pastoral services of Rev. W. B. Neill : From Stephenson 
Church, paying a salary of $200.00 in regular monthly installments ; 
from Lee Park Church, paying a salary of $400.00 in regular monthly 
installments ; from Turner Church, paying $350.00 in regular monthly 
installments. 

We recommend that these calls be found in order and that these 
churches be permitted to prosecute their calls before Wilmington 
Presbytery. 

We further recommend that the Presbytery request the Home 
Missions Committee to supplement the salary of this field to the 
extent of $1,000.00. 

Banks Church and Pineville Church present calls for the pas- 
toral services of Rev. W. A. Nicholson, the former church paying 
$500.00 in regular monthly installments ; the latter paying $900.00 
in regular monthly installments of $75.00, and the use of a manse. 

We recommend that these two calls be found in order, and 
that the churches be permitted to prosecute their calls before the 
Wilmington Presbytery. 

We recommend Six Mile Creek Church be allowed to employ 
Rev. W. A. Nicholson as Stated Supply until the Spring meeting of 
Presbytery at a salary of $125.00 per year in regular equal monthly 
payments, and that the Home Missions Committee be requested to 
supplement this salary with $175.00 per year in regular monthly 
installments. 

WM. B. McILWAINE, JR., Chairman. 

The Stewardship Committee, through its chairman. Rev. 
W. H. Johnston, rendered a supplementary report, which 
was adopted. See pages 36, 37, and 38. 



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Adjournment was taken to the first Monday of Feb- 
ruary, 1930, at 2 p. m., at the First Church, Charlotte. 

Churches which have not paid their Presbyterial Tax, 
but which do so before the minutes are printed, are not to 
be published in the delinquent list. 

Presbytery will meet in regular Spring Session at Phila- 
delphia Church on April 8th, at 7 :30 p. m., unless the time 
is changed by the adjourned meeting on February 3rd. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer by the moderator. 

J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 

M. E. PEABODY, Temporary Clerk. 
Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



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INDEX 

Absence, Leave of 30 

Adjourned Meeting, September 9, 1929 3 

Adjourned Meeting, November 19, 1929 31 

Adjourned Meeting set for February 3, 1930 Zl 

Akers. W. W., installed at West Avenue 3 

Alexander Fund, audited 17 

Allen Church dissolved 23 

Apportionments for Churches to raise beginning April, 1930 31 

Assembly Minutes, report on 29 

Assessment, Presbyterial Tax-Delinquent Churches 22, Zl 

Banks Calls W. A. Nicholson ZZ 

Burney L. P., ordained at Sugaw Creek 5 

Called Meeting at Rocky Mount, October 9, 1929 10 

Calls, W. B. Neil, W. A. Nicholson ZZ 

J. A. Mclntyre, S. J. Hood 17, 21 

Calls and Supplies — Report of Committee, at Brainard 21 

Supplementary report at Charlotte 36 

Home Missions report 26 

Candidates for the ministry — Received 7 

Location at School 34 

Loans 34 

Dropped from list 34 

Carmichael, H. C, received ZZ 

Assigned to Unionville group 33 

Christian Education report ZZ 

Committees Standing 13 

Permanent Inside Cover 

Cooper, W. C, ordained 4 

Country Church Committee 6, 29 and Cover 

Crowell, Dr. A. J., made chairman Ministers Annuity Committee 36 

Davidson College YMCA men heard at Brainiard 30 

Directory of Presbytery Cover 

Fall Meeting 11 

Five year summary statistics 41 

Foreign Missions report 18 

Frazer, A. H., to supply at McGee 29, 32 

Frazer, W. H. — Moderator's sermon 11 

Address 14 

Glasgow, T. M., address on Evangelism 14 

Home Missions report 23 

Hood, S. J., received 16 

Called to Philadelphia 17 

Installed at Philadelphia 35 



Johnston, W. H., elected Stewardship secretary 27 and Cover 

Lee Park, Turner and Stephenson call to W. B. Neil 33 

Leadership Training report 16 

Manual committee continued 36 

Matheson, W. H., dismissed to Nashville Presbytery 10 

McFall, J. S., ordained 4 

McGee Church asks for A. H. Frazer as supply 29, 32 

Mclntyre, J. A., licensed — Extraordinary 6 

Called to Beulah group 21 

Ordained 35 

Moderator, T. M. Stribling 12 

Men's Work Committee report 19 

Names of committee Cover 

Ministers' Annuity Fund — Dr. F. H. Barron's address 9 

Committee appointed 13 and cover 

Moffett, Dr. L. L, address on Foreign Missions 18 

Neil, W. B., called to Lee Park group 33 

Nicholson, W. A., called to Banks and Pineville 33 

Nevins, new church organized 7 

Nominating Committee's report 31 and Covers 

Peabody, Bruce, received as candidate for ministry 7 

Permanent Committees Covers 

Pineville calls W. A. Nicholson 33 

Prayer Meeting for Stewardship, Feb. 10, 1929 26 

Presbyterial sermon at Brainard, C. H. Litlle 29 

To be preached at spring meeting, M. B. Prince 31 

Presbyterial Tax, delinquent churches 22, 37 

Sabbath and Family Religion 14 

Schedule of askings 38 

Six Mile Creek asks for W. A. Nicholson, as supply 33 

Spring Meeting of Presbytery Invited to Philadelphia 33 

Time fixed, April 8, 7:30 p. m 37 

Standing Rule on Sabbath 14 

Stewardship committee report 26 

W. H. Johnston elected secretary 27 

Salary of $100 appropriated 31 

Apportionments of churches 3S 

Thanks resolution 30 

Trustees of Presbytery Cover 

Trustees of Colleges Cover 

Union with United Presbyterians, postponed 29 

Union with A. R. Presbyterians 29 

Unionville and Bethlehem ask for H. C. Carmichael 33 

Young People's Work report 27 



9. Sabbath and Family Religion— R. J. AIcTlvvain. C. E. White, 
J. W. McCain, Wm. Ross. 

10. Evangelism^A. A. Walker, W. B. Mcllwaine, W. E. Price. 

11. Men's Work— Lynn R. Walker, I. E. Wallace, L. P. Burney. 
J. E. McLaughlin, C. P. Brown, H. J. Spencer, P. S. Gilchrist. 
J. P. Marsh, T. M. Glasgow, M. E. Trotter. 

12. Women's Work— W. B. Mcllwaine, J. C. Grier, W. B. S. Chand- 
ler, H. J. Spencer, R. G. Spratt. 

13. Auditing — J. F. Jamison, J. L. Williamson. 

14. Stewardship — W. H. Johnston, Chairman and Secretary of Stew- 
ardship ; W. H. Frazer, E. G. Gammon, Frank Mathews, W. E 
Neil, R. A. Grier. 

15. Sessional Records— T. H. Mitchell, W. G. Thomas, W. C. Coper, 
and five elders. 

16. Country Church Work — C. W. Sommerville, Q. N. Huneycutt, 
F. S. Neal. 

17. Ministers' Annuity Fund — Dr. A. J. Crowell, T. M. Glasgow, 
J. L. Choate, J. M. Oldham, R. A. Dunn. 

18. Examinations: 

(1) Experimental Piety — The Moderator. 

(2) Academic Studies — L. P. Burney. 

(3) Languages — Latin Thesis and Greek Exegesis — C. W. Som- 
merville, J. W. Grier. 

(4) Natural and Exact Sciences — C. H. Little, M. B. Prince. 

(5) Mental and Moral Philosophy, Logic and Rhetoric — W. H. 
Frazer, W. B. S. Chandler. 

(6) Theology — A. S. Johnson, W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., C. H. Rowan. 

(7) Church History— J. M. Walker, J. S. McFall. 

(8) Church Government and Sacraments — M. E. Peabody, T. M. 
Stribling. 

TRUSTEES OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

1. Davidson— R. A. Dunn, H. N. Pharr— Terms expire 1932; C. R. 
Nisbet, J. P. Matheson, W. H. Belk— Terms expire 1930. 

2. Queens — McAIister Carson, Chairman — Term expires 1931 ; E. A. 
McCausland, J. W. McClung, Hunter Marshall — Terms expire 
1930; Mrs. C. C. Hook, Mrs. Cameron Morrison, J. L, Choate, 
P. S. Gilchrist — Terms expire 1931 ; J. Arthur Henderson, E. E. 
Jones, A. J. Crowell — Terms expire 1932. 

(Continued from inside front cover) 



U N. C 



(MINUTES 
of 

Mecklenburg 
Presbytery 




121st STATED SESSION 

Philadelphia Church 
April 15, 16, 17, 1930 

ADJOURNED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

February 3, 1930 

February 17, 1930 

At Queens College, May 5, 1930 

NEXT MEETING 
Mulberry, October 28, 1930 

At 11:00 A. M. 
Charlotte, N. C, Route 5 



DIRECTORY 

Rev. S. B. McLean, Moderator Charlotte, N. C. 

Rev. J. G, Garth, Stated Clerk Charlotte, N. C 

Rev. J. W. Stork, Permanent Clerk ^_Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

Trustees of Presbytery — H C. Alexander, Hunter Marshall, Jr., J. L. 
Choate. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Presbytery's Home Missions— J. M. Walker, C. G. Long, W. B. S. 
Chandler, J. W. Stork, Lynn R. Walker, C. H. Little, F. S. Neal, 
W H. Belk, T. J. Smith, C. P. Brown, W. E. Price, Dr. R. H. 
Lafferty, J. F. Hardie. 

PERMANENT COMMITTEES 

1. Foreign Missions — E. G. Gammon, C. G. Long, A. F. Doty, W. L. 
Wallis, M. B. Speir. 

2. Assembly's Home Missions — J. F. Hardie, C. H. Little, A. S. 
Anderson, Jno. B. Ross. 

3. Christian Education and' Ministerial Relief — J. W. Grier, W. B. S. 
Chandler, J. W. McClung, J. M. Oldham. 

4. Religious Education — General Chairman : L. P. Burney. 

(1) Children's Division : W. M. Wilcox, W. E. Price. 

(2) Young People's Division : E. A. Dillard, M. E. Peabody, 
F. H. Bierman. 

(3) Sunday School Extension : M. B. Prince, C. M. Hutchinson. 

(4) Leadership Training: B. F. Yandell, G. M. Beaty, Dr. R. H. 
Lafferty. 

5. Bible Cause— W. A. Nicholson, J. W. Stork. 

6. Synod's Home Missions— L E. Wallace, A. L. McDuffie, C. H. 
Caldwell, D. S. Monteith. 

7. Orphans' Home — W. W. Akers, R. W. Culbertson, Wm. Anderson, 
W. A. Jamison. 

8. Schools and Colleges— C. R. Nisbet, I. E. Wallace, B. F. Yandell, 
J. R. Bridges, Beatty Faires, G. M. Rose, Jr. 

(Continued on back inside cover) 



oMlNVTES 
of 

Mecklenburg 
Presbytery 




121st STATED SESSION 

Philadelphia Church 
April 15, 16, 17, 1930 

ADJOURNED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

February 3, 1930 

February 17, 1930 

At Queens College, May 5, 1930 

NEXT MEETING 

Mulberry, October 28, 1930 

At 11:00 A.M. 

Charlotte, N. C, Route 5 



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ADJOURNED MEETING 

February 3, 1930. 

Mecklenburg- Presbytery met in adjourned session at 
the Charlotte First Church at 2 p. m. 

Rev. S. B. Lyerly, last moderator present, presided. Pres- 
bytery was called to order and constituted with prayer by 
Rev. A. R. Shaw, D.D. 

The following were found present: 



ROLL 

Ministers: J. R. Bridges, D.D., A. R. Shaw, D.D., J. W. 
Grier, R. J. Mcllwaine, R. S. Burwell, D.D., J. G. Garth, 
J. W. Stork, J. M. Walker, W. B. Mcllwaine, D.D., S. B. 
Lyerly, A. A. Walker, R. W. Culberson, T. H. Mitchell, 
W. H. Johnston, L. P. Burney, M. B. Prince, W. C. Cooper, 
J. G. Grier, S. J. Hood, H. C. Carmichael, J. A. Mclntyre, 
W. B. S. Chandler, B. F. Yandell, W. T. Smith, C. H. Little, 
A. S. Johnston, D.D. 

Churches i H. E Garrison, Plaza; C W. Robinson, Sugaw 
Creek ; C. S. Harkey, Philadelphia ; R. W. Summerville, Paw 
Creek; J. C. Richardson, Turner; J. R. Wallace, Lee Park; 
R. R. Grier, Central Steele Creek ; W. L. Summerville, 
Thomasboro ; C. M. Hutchinson, Amity; J. D. Woodside, St. 
Paul. 

Rev, W. A. Nicholson and Rev. W. B. Neill presented 
letters of dismission from Wilmington Presbytery. They 
were examined with a view to their reception. 

The examination on Experimental Piety was conducted 
by the Moderator. 

The examination on Theology was conducted by Rev. 
W. B. Mcllwaine, D.D. 

The examination on Church Government was conducted 
by Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine. Each of these was sustained as a 
satisfactory part of trial. 

The examination as a whole was sustained and they 
were enrolled after signing the covenant. 



4 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Rev. W. A. Nicholson signified his acceptance of the calls 
to Pineville and Banks churches. 

Rev. W. B. Neill signified his acceptance of the calls of 
Lee Park, Stephenson and Turner churches. 

The following commissions were appointed to install 
these brethren; Rev. W. B. Neill at Lee Park, Stephenson, 
and Turner, February 16: Revs. A. A. Walker, chairman, 
R. J. Mcllwaine, W. B. S. Chandler; Elders, W. H. Belk, 
C. W. Walton. 

To install Rev. W. A. Nicholson at Pineville and Banks, 
February 2vS, at Banks, 11 a. m., and Pineville, 7:30 p. m. : 
Rev. S. B. Lverly, chairman, Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., Rev. 
W. B. Mcllwaine, D.D. ; Elders, W. E. Price, N. C. White, 
H. M. Nicholson. 

Rev. C. W. Sommerville, D.D., offered his resignation 
as chairman of the Committee on Country Church Work, 
which was accepted, and Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt, Th.D., was 
made chairman and Rev. S. J. Hood was added to the com- 
mittee. 

The time of the Spring meeting was set for the third 
Tuesday of April, April 15, 1930, at 7:30 p. m., the stand- 
ing rule fixing the second Tuesday being set aside for this 
meeting. 

The time of the day of Prayer for Stewardship was 
changed from February 10 to February 17 at 11 a. m. 

Dr. A. J. Crowell offered his resignation as chairman of 
the Ministers' Annuity Committee, which was accepted and 
Ruling Elder N. C. White was added to the committee and 
made chairman. 

Adjournment was taken at 11 a. m., February 17, at First 
Church, Charlotte. 

The minutes were read and approved. Presbytery ad- 
journed, with prayer by the Moderator. 

S. B. LYERLY, Moderator Pro Tern. 
J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 5 

ADJOURNED MEETING 

February 17, 1930. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session in 
Charlotte First Church on Monday, February 17, at 11 a. m., 
with the following present : 

ROLL 

Ministers: E. A. Dillard, C. R. Nisbet, Jas. F. Hardie, I. 
E. Wallace, W. H. Frazer, C. H. Rowan, M. E. Peabody, W. 

A. Nicholson, W. B. Mcllwaine, A. F. Doty, L. P. Burney, 
W. W. Akers, A. S. Johnson, J. W. Grier, C H. Little, W. H. 
Johnston, A. R. Shaw, J. G. Garth, S. B. Lyerly, Q. N. 
Huneycutt, S. B. McLean, S. J. Hood, J. A. Mclntyre, T. H. 
Mitchell, L. H. Query, C. W. Sommerville, R. J. Mcllwaine, 
J. R. Bridges, J. M. Walker, A. A. Walker, J. C Grier, G. C. 
Huntington, W. B. Neill, W. B. S. Chandler, C. E. White, 

B. F. Yandell. 

Churches: Dr. Alexander Graham, Charlotte Second; H. 
W. Bigham, Mulberry; O. W. Potts, Banks. 

Rev. S. B. Lyerly, last Moderator present called the 
meeting to order and Presbytery was constituted with 
prayer by Dr. J. R. Bridges. 

Rev. Q. N. Huneycutt was elected clerk pro tern. 

Rev. A. H. Frazer, of Kearney Presbytery, U. S. A., was 
introduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother. 

Mr. McAlister Carson, president of the Board of Trus- 
tees of Queens College, addressed Presbytery in regard to 
the Endowment Fund of the College, and, and urged Pres- 
bytery to make some effort to raise the additional funds to 
give the college its definite "A" grade rating. 

Mr. Hunter Marshall and Mr. E. E. Jones, members of 
the Board of Trustees, then also spoke concerning the great 
need of raising the endowment fund. 

Rev. J. G. Garth addressed Presbytery on the opportuni- 
ties of Queens College. 



6 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Motion was made that a committee be appointed to con- 
sider the matter of endowment and report back to Presby- 
tery at 2 o'clock. 

The motion carried and the following committee was 
appointed: C. R. Nisbet, J. F. Hardie and S. B. McLean. 

Motion was made and carried that commission to install 

Mr. Nicholson be two ministers and one elder. 

Recess was taken until 2 oMock. 

Presbytery reassembled at 2 o'clock. 

The committee to consider the matter of raising the re- 
mainder of the Endowment Fund for Queens College made 
the following report, which was adopted : 

Resolved: That the Presbytery of Mecklenburg assures the Presi- 
dent and Trustees of Queens College of its purpose to raise its pro rata 
share of the $116,000, the amount necessary to complete the proposed 
Endowment Fund of Queens College, the money to be in hand by 
December 1, 1931. 

2. That in raising the above amount every minister and elder pres- 
ent pledges his best effort to the raising in his own church any amount 
that may be apportioned to the same. 

3. That the Presbytery requests the co-operation of the President 
and Trustees of Queens College, in getting the apportionments to be 
made before the officers of our churches. 

4. That the Presbytery of Mecklenburg request the Presbyteries 
of Kings Mountain, and Granville to take similar action at their spring 
meetings, and that a joint meeting of the three Presbyteries be held at 
Queens College on May 5 at 11 a. m. to work out the details. 

5. That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the Stated 
Clerks of the above Presbyteries. 

The commission appointed to install Rev. W. B. Neill at 
Lee Park, Stephensons and Turners, reported its duties 
performed and was discharged : 

INSTALLATION OF W. B. NEILL 

The Commission of Mecklenburg Presbytery appointed to install the 
Rev. W. B. Neill in the churches of the Lee Park group, Monroe, N. C, 
met at Lee Park Church on February 16, 1930, at 11 a. m., and per- 
formed all duties according to the Form of Church Government. 

There were present Rev. A. A. Walker, Chairman ; Rev. R. J. 
Mcllwaine and Elders W. H. Belk and C. W. Walton of the Monroe 



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Church. The Commission was duly constituted with prayer. Rev. A. A. 
Walker presided and preached the sermon from Psalm 26 :7, and pro- 
pounded the constitutional questions. Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine charged the 
pastor. Elder C. W. Walton charged the people, and Elder W. H. Belk 
also made a talk. The Commission adjourned after the benediction by 
Rev. W. B. Neill. 

Commission reconvened at Stephenson Church at 3 p. m. Rev. W. 
B. S. Chandler, a member of the Commission, presided and propounded 
the constitutional questions. Rev. R. J. Mcllwain preached from Matt. 
11 :4. Rev. Mr. Chandler charged the pastor and Elder C. W. Walton 
charged the people. Elder W. H. Belk, of the Monroe Church, also 
talked. The Commission adjourned to meet at Turner Church at 7:30 
p. m., after the benediction by Rev. W. B. Neill, the newly installed 
pastor. 

The Commission met at Turner Church at 7 :30 p m. Rev. R. J. 
Mcllwaine presided and propounded the constitutional questions and 
charged the pastor. Rev. W. B. S. Chandler preached the sermon from 
Psalm 36:8. Elder C. W. Walton charged the people. Mr. W. H. Belk 
also made a talk. Commission adjourned after benediction by Rev. W. B. 
Neill. 

R. J. McILWAINE, Clerk of Commission. 

Stewardship Prayer Meeting 

The meeting was turned over to Rev. W. H. Johnston, 
Secretary of Stewardship, to present to Presbytery a pro- 
gram of Prayer for Stewardship. 

After reading a selection of God's Word and announc- 
ing the outline of the program for the meeting, Dr. W. H. 
Frazer was called upon to address Presbytery on the sub- 
ject of Stewardship. 

Special prayer was offered by Rev. G. C. Huntington, 
Dr. J. F. Hardie, and Rev. W. B. S. Chandler. 

Rev. E. A. Dillard presented a paper on "The Causes 
of falling away and disappointment of Christians." 

Prayers were offered by Rev. S. B. Lyerly, Rev. J. M. 
Walker and Dr. A. S. Johnson. 

Dr. C. R. Nisbet spoke on the subject of "The Tithe." 

Prayers were offered by Rev. M. E. Peabody, Rev. W. 
B. Neill and Rev. S. B. McLean. 

Rev. W. H. Johnston made a very interesting talk on 
the "Challenge of Prosperity and Adversity." 

Motion was made that when we adjourn we do so to 
meet in Philadelphia Church in the regular Spring meet- 
ing. 

S. B. LYERLY, Moderator Pro Tern. 
Q. N. HUNEYCUTT, Temporary Clerk. 

Attest : J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



8 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

STATED SPRING MEETING 

121st STATED SESSION 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in 121st Stated Session 
at Philadelphia Church, Tuesday evening, April 15, 1930, 
at 7:30 p. m. and was constituted with prayer by the Mod- 
erator, Rev. T. M. Stribling, who preached the opening 
sermon from I John 1 :7. 

The Presbyterial communion was conducted by Rev. 
Geo. F. Robertson and Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine. 

A memorial to Rev. Samuel Badger Lyerly was read by 
Rev. J. G. Garth, and adopted by a rising vote. The Modera- 
tor requested Dr. W. H. Frazer to lead the Presbytery in 
prayer for the bereaved family and the church made vacant 
by his death. Mr. Lyerly died March 29, 1930. 



IN MEMORIAM 
SAMUEL BADGER LYERLY 

Samuel Badger Lyerly was born September 3, 1885, near Woodleaf, 
Rowan County, North Carolina, the son of the late Daniel Alexander 
Lyerly and Elizabeth Rice Lyerly, the latter of whom still lives at the 
old home place near Woodleaf. His parents have always been known 
for their honesty, piety and faithfulness to their home and their Church. 

Samuel Badger Lyerly was the seventh of a family of ten children, 
seven sons and three daughters. He grew up on a farm, sharing with his 
brothers and sisters the burden of wresting a livelihood from the soil, 
under adverse conditions. Accustomed to hard work and economy, yet 
surrounded by a spirit of beautiful comraderie and filial piety, which 
existed among all the brothers and sisters, full of reverence for father 
and mother, he learned many lessons of unselfishness and humility, recog- 
nition of the needs and rights of others, and an infinite patience for the 
world's workers. 

After completing the course in the public school he entered Lenoir 
Academy and Business Institute, Lenoir, N. C, a Baptist high school, 
where industrious boys and girls seeking an education, could be self-sup- 
porting as they studied. He remained in this school even after it was 
moved to Cherokee County, near Asheville, N. C, until his preparatory 
course was completed. 

A constant attendant as a boy at old Unity Church, near Woodleaf, 
with its galleries for slaves in ante-bellum days, although by nature 
serious yet timid and retiring, yet Badger made no profession of religiou 
until he was about 20 years of age. In 1905 he joined the church at Unity 
and three years later, impressed that he should be a minister of the 
Gospel, together with two schoolmates, N. N. Fleming and R. C. Lippard, 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 9 

he was received by Concord Presbytery as a candidate for the ministry 
and entered Davidson College in 1908. By serving in the dining room 
and v^ith other tasks he assisted very materially with his expenses, and 
through studiousness and industry he finished his course with credit and 
received his A.B. degree in June, 1912. After finishing his college course, 
doubts arose in his mind as to whether he had really received a call 
from God to enter the ministry, and so for three years he taught as 
principal in the public schools — two years at Denver, N. C, and one 
year at Lagrange, N. C, trying to prove to himself that his call was 
to teach instead of to preach. At the expiration of his third year as 
teacher the urge of the Spirit was so strong that he could doubt no 
longer and felt constrained like the apostle of old to cry out, "Woe is 
me, if I preach not the Gospel." He then surrendered and went to Union 
Seminary, Richmond, Va., where he pursued his theological studies for 
three years and obtained the degree of Bachelor of Divinity in May, 1918. 

During Mr. Lyerly's two vacations in the Seminary he served as 
Student Supply at Union City, Tenn., and New Bern, N. C. In the 
summer of 1918 he accepted the call to the First Presbyterian Church, 
Raleigh, N. C, as assistant to Dr. W. McC. White, and was put in 
charge of four points, attached to the First Church as missions. Willow 
Springs, Varina, Mt. Pleasant and Fellowship. He was licensed and 
ordained by Albemarle Presbytery in 1918 and worked in his first field 
until 1922, when he accepted the call to St. Paul Presbyterian Church, 
Charlote, N. C, in which charge he remained until his death on March 29, 
1930, which occurred after a sudden heart attack. 

Mr. Lyerly was married on September 23, 1919, to Miss Beulah 
Marie Cline ,of Lenoir, N. C. Four children came to bless this happy 
union, Samuel Badger, Jr., Roy Alexander, Ruth Inez and Dorothy 
Jean, the oldest being nine years of age, the youngest almost four. 

Besides being pastor of St. Paul Church, Mr. Lyerly always took 
his part in all civic and Presbyterial affairs. He was Moderator of 
Presbytery at Candor, in October 1928, attended General Assembly at 
Eldorado, Ark., in 1927, and for three years acted as Secretary of the 
Presbyterian Ministers' Association of Mecklenburg County, and moved 
in various civic circles, always interested and active in promoting the 
welfare of his church and city. 

We do not attempt to place a full valuation on Mr. Lyerly's work 
as a man or as a preacher. We can only say that he was a man who 
had developed outstanding traits of patience, endurance, perseverance, 
sacrifice and humility ; never flinching because the task was difficult, and 
doing everything he attempted to the very best of his ability. His study 
was sacred, and the wee small hours of the night often found him deep 
in thought, preparing for the duties that lay before him. He was thought- 
ful, vigorous in style, sympathetic in delivery, courageous in conviction, 
painstaking, conscientious and honest. On his desk lay the sermon he 
had prepared for delivery Sunday morning when God called him to 
"That Beautiful Land on High." He was planning to aid in some cabinet 
work for his Boy Scouts when he left his church study for the last time 
Friday night. 

No sacrifice was too great to make for the comfort of his family, 
or the welfare of his flock. His people loved, honored and respected him, 
and trusted his judgment as well as his religion. They have rallied to his 
family since his departure, trying to compensate for so great a loss with 
sympathy, love and helpfulness. 



10 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Brother Lyerly's death seems to us a tragedy, but we know that 
God doeth all things well. We bow to His blessed will, while we assure 
the widow that there is One who promises to be a husband to those who 
mourn, and a father to her children. We also beg the Church to be 
patient under their trial and trust God's Spirit to lead them to one 
who shall shepherd them as Brother Lyerly did. 



The roll was called and the following found present : 

ROLL 

Ministers: G. C. Huntington, A. R. Shaw, J. W. Grier, 
R. J. Mcllwaine, C. H. Little, R. L. Patrick, A. S. Johnson, 
C. E. White, R. W. Culbertson, J. G. Garth, J. W. Stork, J. 
M. Walker, W. C. Underwood, L. H. Query, W. H. Frazer, 
Q. N. Huneycutt, W. B. Mcllwaine, A. S. Anderson, M. E. 
Peabody, W. B. S. Chandler, W. T. Smith, A. A. Walker, 
C. C. Beam, C. G. Long, C. W. Sommerville, S. B. McLean, 
Lynn R. Walker, W. H. Johnston, J. C. McGehee, C H. 
Rowan, T. M. Stribling, B. F. Yandell, J. A. CaHgan, E. G. 
Gammon, T. H. Mitchell, W. C. Copeland, A. F. Doty, J. C. 
Grier, W. G. Thomas, E. A. Dillard, J. F. Hardie, A. T. 
Taylor, W. W. Akers, J. B. Reily, L. P. Burney, W. C. 
Cooper, J. S. McFall, M. B. Prince, S. J. Hood, J. A. Mc- 
Intyre, H. C. Carmichael, W. A. Nicholson, W. B. Neill. 

The following ministers were not present. Those marked 
(E) asked to be excused from attendance : J. W. Moore, 
J. R. Bridges, M. E. Sentelle, G. P. Stevens, R. T. Coit, H. E. 
Gurney, W. C. McLaughlin, R. S. Burwell, A. H. Temple, 
R. H. M. Brown, W. S. Hamiter (E), J. A. McQueen (E), 
W. P. Chedester (E), T. R. Alexander, J. L. Caldwell, A. L. 
McDuffie, J. A. McQueen. 

Elders: M. J. Harris, Albemarle; W. L. Belk, Altan ; 
J. W. Miller, Amity; O. W. Potts, Banks; A. C Knox, 
Bethel; W. B. Long, Bethlehem; D. A. McGill, Brainard ; 
Dr. S. M. Henderson, Caldwell Memorial; C. B. Choate, 
Central Steele Creek; F. H. Andrews, Charlotte First; 
Wm. Anderson, Charlotte Second; S. B. McClure, Cook's 
Memorial; J. L Proctor, Cornelius; A. N. Graham, Ham- 
let; T. W. Stewart, Hopewell; J. L. Choate, Hunters- 
ville; E. J. Stinson, Indian Trail; A. F. Tiddy, Lee Park; 
A. S. McLaughlin, Mallard Creek; J. C. Smith, Marshville ; 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 11 

W. E. Kistler, McGee, W. A. Henderson, Monroe; C. H. 
Trexler, Morven ; G. L. Neil, Mulberry; J. W. Thompson, 
Myers Park; J. A. Auten, Nevin ; S. B. Wilson, Newells ; 
J. H. Sloop, North Charlotte ; F. C. Efird, Oakboro ; D. E. 
Clark, Pageland ; W. M. Wingate, Paw Creek ; T. V. How- 
ell, Peachland; M. A. Galloway, Plaza; J. M. Miller, Phila- 
delphia; W. F. McKee, Providence; J. W. Dewese, Ramah ; 
W. J. Simms, Rehoboth ; D. L. Coppedge, Rockingham ; 
R. W. Blackwelder, Seversville ; T. F. Black, Sharon; R. Z. 
Query, Steele Creek; J. A. Pressley, Stevenson; J. D. Wood- 
side, St. Paul; J. H. Robinson, Sugaw Creek; L. L. Bras- 
well, Marshville ; L. S. Boyd, Tenth Avenue ; H. P. Cathey, 
Thomasboro ; J. C. Turner, Turners ; Dr. J. E. Hart, Wades- 
boro ; A. B. Norwood, Walkersville ; J. W. McCain, Wax- 
haw ; Geo. F. Dunn, West Avenue ; D. S. Monteith, West- 
minster; J. T. Hutchinson, Williams Memorial; C. P. 
Haynes, Wilmoore ; W. A. Rogers, Pineville. 

The following churches were not represented: Badin, 
Bethany, Beulah, Biscoe, Camden, Cameronian, Candor, 
Ellerbe, Lilesville, Locust, Macedonia, Mark's Creek, Mars- 
ton, McLean Memorial, Midland, Midway, Morgan Me- 
morial, Mt. Carmel, Mt. Gilead, Matthews, Norman, Nor- 
wood, Palestine, Pee Dee, Pleasant Hill, Polkton, Porter, 
Roberdell, Robinson, Rourk's Chapel, Salem, Siler, Six Mile 
Creek, Stanfield, Star, Troy, Unionville, Wadeville. 

Rev. S. B. McLean was nominated for Moderator and 
elected by acclamation. 

Rev. C. G. Long was elected temporary clerk. 

Rev. S. J. Hood, chairman of the Committee on Arrange- 
ments extended a most cordial welcome and submitted the 
following report which was adopted : 

COMMITTEE ON ARRANGEMENTS 

Meet at 9 :30 a. m., April 16. Devotions led by Rev. C. G. Long. 
Routine business following. 

At 11 :30 a. m., Presbyterial sermon by Rev. M. B. Prince, Peach- 
land, N. C; 12:30 p. m., adjourn for lunch; 2:00 p. m., re-assemble. 
Rev. J. R. Walker, 20 minutes on A. & E. College work. Routine busi- 
ness. Adjourn at 5 :30 p. m. 



12 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

At 6 :30 p. m., supper on grounds ; 7 :30 p. m., re-assemble. Meeting 
on Home Missions led by Rev. A. A. Walker. Adjourn at pleasure of 
Presbytery. 

Respectfully submitted, 

S. J. HOOD, Chairman of Committee. 

The first order of the day for Wednesday morning was 
fixed for hearing from Queens College. 

Ruling elder H. P. Cathey presented the request of 
Thomasboro Church to employ Rev. Geo. F. Robertson as 
stated supply until the Fall meeting of Presbytery, which 
was referred to the Committee on Calls and Supplies. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer led by ruling elder 
Dr. R. H. Lafferty. 



WEDNESDAY MORNING 

Presbytery convened on Wednesday morning, April 16, 
at 9:30, and opened with devotional period conducted by 
Rev. C. G. Long. 

The minutes of last night's session were read and ap- 
proved. 

The following standing committees were named by the 
Moderator: 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

Sessional Records: T. H. Mitchell, W. G. Thomas, W. C. Cooper, 
M. B. Prince, O. W. Potts, S, M. Henderson, J. W. Thompson, J. D. 
Woodside, W. A. Henderson 

Devotional: S. J. Hood and C. S. Harkey. 

Bills and Overtures: T M. Stribling, M. J. Harris and J. A. 
Auten. 

Judicial Business: M. E. Peabody, J. H. Robinson, E. A. Dillard, 
J. E. Hart and R. Z. Query. 

Presbytery*s Home Missions: W. W. Akers, W. B. Mcllwaine, 
J. C. Grier, W. H. Johnston, Q. N. Huneycutt, D. E. Clarke, D. L. 
Coppedge, J. T. Hutchison. 

Calls and Supplies: C H. Rowan, A. F. Doty, I. E. Wallace, S. B. 
Wilson, A. B. Norwood. 

Records of Presbytery: W. B. Neill, M. A. Galloway. 

Leave of Absence: J. B. Reily, R. W. Blackwelder, W. B. Long. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 13 

Minutes of Synod: C. H. Little, J. S. McFall, J. W. Miller, L. S. 
Boyd, A. S. McLaughlin. 

Presbytery's Assessments: J. C. Grier, W. A. Nicholson, J. F. 
Hardie, C. P. Hayes, J. A. Brazington. 

On Resolution of Thanks: L. P. Burney and A. F. Tiddy. 

A certificate of dismissal from Kearney Presbytery, of 
the Synod of Nebraska, of the Presbyterian Church, tJ. S. 
A., was presented by Rev. A. H. Fraser, and he was ex- 
amined by the Moderator on personal piety; by Dr. A. S. 
Johnson on theology; by Rev. M. E. Peabody on church 
government and the sacraments ; and after answering in the 
affirmative the constitutional questions propounded by the 
Moderator, the examination as a whole was sustained. xVfter 
signing the covenant he was enrolled as a member of Meck- 
lenburg Presbytery. 

Elders McAlister Carson, of Charlotte First Church, and 
Hunter Marshall, of the Myers Park Church, were given the 
privileges of the floor in connection with the report of the 
Committee on Schools and Colleges. 

The following requests of churches for stated supplies 
were read and referred to the Committee on Calls and Sup- 
plies : for Dr. C. W. Sommerville from Hopewell ; for Dr. 
W. H. Frazer from Mallard Creek ; for Dr. A. R. Shaw from 
Williams Memorial ; for Rev. A. H. Fraser from McGee ; 
for Rev. A. S. Anderson from Badin and Palestine ; for Rev. 
H. C. Carmichael from Unionville group ; for Rev. M. E, 
Peabody from Newells, and for Rev. J. G. Garth from 
Providence. 

The trustees of Presbytery submitted the following re- 
port which was received as information : 

REPORT OF TRUSTEES OF PRESBYTERY 

Pursuant to authority vested in us at former meeting of Presbytery, 
we wish to advise that we have transferred the property formerly known 
as Albemarle Female Institute to Queens College, and it now forms part 
of the endowment of that institution. 

We have also, pursuant to authority vested in us by Presbytery, con- 
veyed to Queens College the property located near Locust Level. 

H. C ALEXANDER. 
HUNTER MARSHALL, JR. 
J. L. CHOATE. 

Trustees for Mecklenburg Presbytery. 



14 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Various other communications were read and referred 
to the proper committees. 

Rev. C. E. White, pastor at Marshville, having been 
called to the Presbyterian Church of Chase City, Va., at Mr. 
White's request, and the church concurring. Presbytery dis- 
solved the pastoral relation between him and the Marshville 
Church, and granted him a certificate of dismissal to Roa- 
noke Presbytery. 

The order of the day having arrived the Committee on 
Schools and Colleges submitted its report, and pending 
adoption Presbytery heard Messrs. McAlister Carson, pres- 
ident of the Board of Trustees of Queens College, and 
Hunter Marshall, also of the same Board of Trustees. 

The hour to hear the Presbyterial sermon having ar- 
rived, the report of this committee on Schools and Colleges 
went over as unfinished business. 

The Presbyterial sermon was preached by Rev. M. B. 
Prince, of Peachland, from the text, Isaiah 53:12, on the 
subject: "The Crucifixion of Christ." 

Rev. J. B. Hood, pastor of the Pisgah A. R. P. Church, 
was introduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother. 
Presbvterv took recess for lunch at 12:30. 



WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 

Presbytery re-convened at 2 :00 p. m. 

A special order for 10 a. m., Thursday morning, was 
set for considering organic union with the United Presby- 
terian Church. 

An order was set immediately following this order for 
considering an overture to the General Assembly touching 
organic union with other churches. 

The election of commissioners to the General Assembly 
was held and the following were chosen to attend the meet- 
ing at Charlottesville, Va., May 22: 

Ministers— Principals: (1) J. W. Stork, (2i [. W. 
Moore, (3) C. W. Sommerville, (4) C R. Nisbet, (S) C. H. 
Little. Alternates: (1) S. J. Hood, (2) S. G. Gammon, (3) 
T. M. Stribling, (4) M. B. Prince, (5) B. F. Yandell. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 15 

Elders^Principals : (1) F. H. Andrews, (2) W. J. 
Simms, (3) T. B. Spratt, (4) M. J. Harris, (5) Dr. J. E. 
Hart. Alternates: (1) R. Z. Query, (2) Dr. S. M. Flenderson, 
(3) R. G. Spratt, (4) S. B. Wilson, (5) C. H. Trexler.. 

The unfinished report of the Committee on Schools and 
Colleges was taken up, unanimously adopted by a rising- 
vote and is as follows : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

To the Presbyteries of Mecklenburg, Kings Mountain, and Gran- 
ville, in session April 15, 1930. 

Queens College opened on September 12, 1929, with an enrollment 
of 307 students, all of whom are bona fide college students. The Fresh- 
man Class was of a very high order, and we believe that without insti- 
tuting any odious comparisons, we can say that altogether it is the most 
promising class which has been enrolled in a long time. 

The work for the year on the part of the students as a whole has 
been very good, the college having lost only a limited number by return- 
ing home because of inability to pursue the course of study and other 
things of like nature. We are grateful to God for the fact that health 
has prevailed so far among the boarding students, and that so far they 
have not had a single case of extreme illness. A day pupil who was 
visiting with her parents during the holidays, in Paducah, Ky., was 
suddenly stricken there with appendicitis, and because of the hesitation 
of operating the disease proved fatal. 

The following is the financial rpeort for the year : 

Accounts Receivable from Students $16,533.40 

Cash in M. & F. Natl. Bank 1,100.00 

Due from Benevolences __ 2,500.00 

$20,133.40 

Due on Salary Account Two Months $12,542.02 

Approximate Expenses 5,000.00 

$17,542.02 

On May 27th there will be graduating with the A.B. degree 29 
young ladies, six with the B.S. degree and one with the Public School 
Music certificate. 

The collections for endowment have been regular but slow. We have 
collected and invested about $176,000.00, counting the lands and prop- 
erties of Westminster, Stanley Hall, and Albemarle, at $25,000.00. The 
college is now absolutely free of debt and has about $176,000.00 of in- 
vested funds and interest-earning property to its credit. 

The matter of greatest importance just now is the completing of the 
agreement for the merger of Queens and Chicora Colleges, with the 
Synod of South Carolina, by the ratifying of the contract by the owning 



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and controlling Presbyteries of Queens College. This contract is sub- 
mitted as a part of this report. 

Nothing has been placed in our hands from Davidson College. 

The session of Union Theological Seminary now drawing to a close 
has been remarkable for the number of students enrolled (155) and for 
the quantity and quality of work they have done. 

But the great hinderer has also been busy. He does this often. It is 
an easy way to injure the Kingdom. The contributions from the churches 
for the year were less by almost $1,800.00^ decrease being $1,781.21. 

It is a pity this blow should have come just at the time when the 
seminary is faced with the necessity of making larger and better provi- 
sions for teaching students in larger numbers. We cannot make present 
resources cover the need, much less get our expanding work done on 
less. 

The lack of these eighteen hundred dollars may seem like a small 
thing in these days when there is so much talk about thousands and mil- 
lions, but it amounts to $5.00 per day, and this is a big thing in the 
seminary where every twenty-five cent piece has to be carefully counted 
before it is spent. 

This Presbytery contributed in 1928-29, $872.31, and in 1929-30, 
$990.23. 

We are grateful for all that has deen done. We are not asking for an 
increase in the quota, but we do ask that the designated ratio be observed. 
This alone would help your seminary very greatly. 

CHAS. R. NISBET, Chairman. 

Recommendations 

1. That Presbytery approve the agreement for the merger of Queens 
and Chicora Colleges. 

2. That the completion of the endowment of Queens College nec- 
essary to entitle the college to become a full member of th Southern 
Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools be urged before our 
Church and that Presbytery reassert its purpose to co-operate with the 
Trustees of Queens College in their effort to secure the same. 

3. That Presbytery congratulate and commend Rev. W. H. Frazer, 
President of Queens College, upon the dawning of a bright day, and 
the entering upon a larger field of influence in the life of Queen's College. 

4. That when Presbytery adjourns it be to meet at Queens College 
at 11 a. m., May 5th, with Granville and Kings Mountain. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHAS. R. NISBET, Chairman. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 17 

Basis of Consolidation of Chicora College and Queens College 

Whereas, the cause of Christian education among young- women in the 
Presbyterian Church of the U. S. will be greatly strengthened by the 
unification of certain educational units, and 

Whereas, it appears that the coalition of Queens College and Chicora 
College will conserve the heritage and materially increase the usefulness 
of these institutions in serving the womanhood of the South ; 

Therefore, be it Resolved : That the controlling bodies of these two 
colleges, consisting of the Synod of South Carolina on the one hand, and 
the Presbyteries of Kings Mountain, Granville and Mecklenburg of the 
Synod of North Carolina on the other hand, do hereby enter into a mutual 
agreement which shall become effective and binding when ratified by 
these respective controlling bodies. 

Now, therefore, in consideration of mutual covenants and agreements, 
its is mutually agreed among the parties hereto as follows : 

1. That the title of Queens College, a corporation organized and 
existing under the laws of the State of North Carolina, and its suc- 
cessors, shall be vested in' a Board of Trustees composed of thirty (30) 
members, one-half of whom shall be elected by the Synod of South 
Carolina and one-half of whom shall be elected by the Presbyteries of 
Kings Mountain, Granville and Mecklenburg of the Synod of North 
Carolina, and from other Presbyteries in the Synod of North Carolina, 
or by the Synod of North Carolina, provided said bodies shall have been 
given a share in the ownership of the said college. 

2. That the Synod of South Carolina does hereby agree to liquidate 
the assets of the Board of Trustees of Chicora College, pay off all indebt- 
edness, dissolve the corporation or other entity now known and operated 
as the Board of Trustees of Chicora College, and pay over the surplus 
to the Trustees of Queens College, and the Board of Trustees of Chicora 
College are hereby authorized and directed to carry out these provisions. 
The Board of Trustees of Chicora College and the Synod of South Caro- 
lina do hereby release, hold harmless, and forever discharge the other 
parties hereto, and Queens College, Incorporated, from liability on all 
debts, claims, demands, actions and causes of actions arising out of any 
transaction or agreement entered into by the Board of Trustees of 
Chicora College or its agents. 

3. That the institution resulting from the affiliation of Queens Col- 
lege and Chicora College shall be located in the City of Charlotte, State 
of North Carolina, 

4. That, for the time being, the name of Queens-Chicora College 
shall be adopted, and the new Board of Trustees, as provided for in this 
agreement, shall be vested with authority, if in their discretion they 
deem it advisable, to change the name of the institution, taking into con- 
sideration the goodwill and heritage of the affiliated colleges. 

5. That all equity in the property of the Board of Trustees of 
Chicora College shall be turned over to the new Board of Trustees of 
Queens College, Incorporated, or its successors, as herein provided for 
the purpose of erecting a dormitory, or for the purpose of increasing the 
endowment, or for any other use or purpose that the new Board of 



18 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Trustees of the new institution shall in their uncontrolled discretion 
see fit to apply such funds. Provided, however, that any trust funds 
which shall be turned over to the Board of Trustees of the consolidated 
institution shall be applied according to the terms and stipulations of 
the trust agreements creating these trusts. 

6. That the Synod of South Carolina, in consideration of its inter- 
est and holdings in the new institution, agrees to place the new institu- 
tion on its budget for a fair percentage of the benevolence for Christian 
Education as an expression of the interest of the Synod of South Caro- 
lina in the education of its women ; and the Synod of South Carolina 
further agrees that the new institution, to be known as Queens-Chicora 
College, shall have access to the educational field now held by the Synod 
of South Carolina. The said Synod of South Carolina endorses the new 
institution and commends it as the official college for women in the 
Synod of South Carolina, giving assistance and encouragement to the 
new institution in its endeavor to secure a student body of the highest 
type from that Synod. 

7. That the scholastic records of all graduates and students of 
Chicora College and Queens College shall be protected by this affiliation 
in so far as the trustees of the consolidated institution are able to pro- 
tect and safeguard these rights. 

8. That the new institution, to be known as Queens-Chicora Col- 
lege, will assume all responsibility for the raising of the present endow- 
ment sufficient to place the institution on the membership list of the 
Southern Association, and will not expect the Synod of South Carolina 
at this time to engage in any campaign for that purpose. 

9. That no limitation or discrimination shall be imposed upon the 
number of students to be received from the Synod of South Carolina. 
The new institution will make an open appeal for registration, and not 
only allow but encourage as many students from South Carolina to enroll 
as desire up to the filling of the capacity of the institution. 

10. That due provision shall be made for Dr. S. C. Byrd and Mrs. 
Byrd of the faculty of Chicora College. 

11. That the new institution, to be known as Queens-Chicora Col- 
lege, shall be both in name and in fact the official standard college for 
women of all of the owning and controlling bodies and shall have and 
enjoy their full and sincere acknowledgement and support in prayers, 
patronage and gifts. 

12. That the united efforts of the contracting parties be and are 
hereby pledged to the continued development and progress of the new 
institution for even greater efficiency and usefulness in the great cause 
of Christian Education of young women in harmony with the standards 
of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. 

Duly ratified and adopted by the respective parties hereto as their 
official act and deed upon the dates hereinbelow set forth. 

Ratified by the Synod of South Carolina on this 24th day of March, 
1930, in session held at Columbia, S. C. : John McSween, Moderator ; 
H. W. Pratt, Stated Clerk ; W. G. Query, Chairman of Synod's Cojn- 
mittee on Consolidation. 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 19 

Ratified by the Mecklenburg Presbytery, State of North Carolma, 
on this the 16th day of April, 1930, in session held at Philadelphia, N. C. : 
S. B. McLean, Moderator; J. G. Garth, Stated Clerk; C. R. Nisbet, 
Chairman of Schools and Colleges. 

Ratified by the Kings Mountain Presbytery, State of North Carolina, 
on this the 15th day of April, 1930, in session held at Mollis, N. C. ; Rev. 
W. D. Mclnnis, Moderator; Rev. W. J. Roach, Stated Clerk; Rev. 
W. S. Wilson, Chairman of Schools and Colleges. 

Ratified by the Granville Presbytery, State of North Carolina, on this 
the 15th day of April, 1930, in session held at Varina, N. C. : C. J. Hol- 
landsv^orth. Moderator ; J. S. Kennison, Stated Clerk ; J. R. Walker, 
Chairman of Schools and Coleges. 

In connection with the report of the Committee on 
Schools and Colleges, the Stated Clerk was instructed to 
wire Kings Mountain and Granville Presbyteries concern- 
ing the matter of an adjourned meeting on May 5, in 
Queens College. 

The Stated Clerk reported that he had received a telegram stating 
that Kings Mountain and Granville Presbyteries had unanimously ap- 
proved of the consolidation of Queens and Chicora Colleges and agreed 
to meet in joint session at Queens College on May 5th at 11 a. m,, 
with Mecklenburg Presbytery to promote the interest of the institution. 
Granville proposed to send a commission of five to the joint meeting. 

A resolution concerning the retention of the R. O. T. C. 
in Davidson College was introduced and referred to the 
Committee on Bills and Overtures. 

The following report of the Christian Education and 
Ministerial Relief Committee was adopted as follows : 



REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 
AND MINISTERIAL RELIEF 

We have under our care 19 candidates for the ministry and four 
young people preparing for mission service, 14 of whom received aid 
amounting to $1,725.00 from the Committee at Louisville, having been 
recommended by your Committee. 

The Central Committee also granted loans to eight students within 
the bounds of this Presbytery amounting to $1,200.00. 

Aid it\oni the Committee on Ministerial Relief amo'unting to 
$5,685.00 went into the homes of 13 ministers during the past year. 

The beneficiaries in this Presbytery received from the Committee 
at Louisville during the past year a total of $8,610.00, while that Com- 
mittee received from the Presbytery $9,561.05. However, the debt of 
the Committee on Christian Education and Ministerial Relief increased 
from $26,235.00 to $44,180.00. 



20 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Recommendations 

1. That the names of 10 laymen be added to the present Committee 
on Ministers' Annuity Fund. 

2. That the following appropriations be made by the Committee on 
Christian Education and Ministerial Relief: 

Name, address, monthly amount, respectively : 

Mrs. Mary L. Arrowood, care Rev. Robt. S. Arrowood, Concord 
N. C, $25; Rev. John L. Caldwell, D.D., (HR), 231 E. Jackson St 
Orlando, Fla., $60; Mrs. Allie W. Cochran, Kimball, W. Va., $35; 
Mrs. Rhoda I. Daniels, 802 Sunset Drive, Greensboro, N. C, $35; Rev. 
Henry E. Gurney, 502 Hermitage Road, Charlotte, N. C, $50; Misses 
Robie Joe and Elise Hardin (OR), 608 E. 5th St., Charlotte, N. C, $25; 
Rev. W. S. Hamiter, 148 Pinckney St., Chester, S. C, $50; Mrs. Julia 
B. Miley, 2014 E. 9th St., Charlotte, N. C, $25; Rev. L. H. Query 
614 Seigle Ave., Charlotte, N. C, $45; Rev. A. R. Shaw (HR), Char- 
lotte, N. C, $60; Rev. A. H. Temple, Route 2, Stanfield, N. C, $42; 
Rev. W. C. Underwood, 1816 Plaza, Charlotte, N. C, $45 ; Mrs. Samuel 
B. Lyerly, 504 E. 9th St., Charlotte, N. C, $50. 

J. W. GRIER, Chairman. 

The Moderator appointed the the following to select ten 
laymen to act on the Ministers' Annuity Fund Committee : 
W. H. Frazer, E. A. Dillard, J. W. Thompson, J. L. Choate 
and William Anderson. 

The report on Evangelism was submitted and was 
adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON EVANGELISM 

At the fall meeting of Presbytery, your Committee on Evangelism 
reported 50 churches as having held special evangelistic meetings for a 
total of 430 days ; resulting in 324 professions of faith in the Lord Jesus 
Christ, 227 additions to our Church by profession of faith, and l(i addi- 
tions by letter. Since the fall meeting of Presbytery six churches report 
evangelistic meetings over a period of 48 days, with 40 professions of 
faith, 29 additions by profession and 19 additions by letter, making a total 
of 56 churches holding meetings over a period of 478 days, with 364 
professions of faith, 256 additions by profession, and 95 additions by 
letter, a grand total of 351 additions to our Church through special 
evangelistic meetings. 

One church has reported two Bible conferences, with splendid re- 
sults ; but no statistics were furnished the Committee. Seventeen churches 
report no meetings held. The other churches made no report. 

No statistics can rcord, or set forth, the benefits that have come to 
the churches through these seasons of prayer and special efforts to 
bring men to a definite acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as their 
Savior. One pastor, in reporting a meeting which was held in his church, 
in which there were no professions and no additions, said : "The church 
needed just such preaching." Your Committee is of the opinion, con- 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 21 

firmed by several years of special study of this subject, that the spiritual 
benefits from evangelistic services would make it well worth while for 
every church to hold at least one such series every year ; provided that 
the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it is given in the Scripture be faithfully 
preached, and that dependence be placed upon the Holy Spirit rather 
than upon the manipulation of the congregation. 

Notwithstanding our firm belief in the efficacy of special evangelistic 
services, your Committee would sound a note of warning : There is a 
danger that the Church may reach a point when the only effort put forth 
to save men shall be during these meetings. No special services can take 
the place of personal evangelism ; "The fire shall ever be burning upon the 
altar ; it shall never go out." The river Nile overflows its banks once a 
year, and makes that great Egyptian valley perhaps the most fertile 
region on earth; but the river Nile flows steadily on all the year long. 

The note of evangelism must be sounded from the pulpit throughout 
the whole year ; personal evangelism must be constantly exercised to 
bring the Church into the fellowship of power that belongs to the people 
of God. A consecrated, diligent personal evangelism is the best antidote 
to the poison of modernism and worldliness that has infected the Church. 
It would be a sad day for our churches and for the world when the 
unsaved folk living near our churches should get the idea that the only 
time when they could find Christ, or when the Church is interested in 
their salvation, is during a special evangelistic meeting. "Lift up your 
eyes, and look on the fields ; for they are white already to harvest." 

Unless otherwise ordered by Presbytery, your Committee will make 
no recommendations for assignments to meetings this year. Practically 
all our churches are supplied with pastors, and we believe that each 
church should assume its own responsibility for such meetings. Never- 
theless, your Committee will hold itself in readiness to serve you to the 
best of its ability. 

Recommendations 

1. That our pastors and ruling elders study prayerfully their own 
attitude toward the subject of evangelism, whether in special evangelistic 
services, group meetings, or individual work for individuals. 

2. That Presbytery urge every minister, as far as possible, to lend 
himself to evangelistic work, when called upon, and especially in the 
weaker churches ; our best efforts are needed here. 

3. That the church where the meeting is held defray the expenses 
of the visiting preacher. 

4. That the churches be instructed to report all evangelistic meet- 
ings held to the Committee on Evangelism, as follows : Name of preacher 
conducting meeting, date, number of days meeting continues, number of 
professions of faith, number of accessions by profession, and number of 
accessions by letter. Self-addressed report cards will be sent to all the 
churches for the purpose of this report before each regular meeting of 
Presbytery. 

5. That at the fall meeting of Presbytery an hour be devoted to the 
study of evangelism under the direction of the Committee on Evangelism. 



22 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

6. That the Treasurer of the Presbytery be instructed to pay the 
expenses of the Committee on Evangelism, a small item of report cards 
and postage. 

A. A. WALKER, Chairman. 

Rev. J. R. Walker, of Granville Presbytery, presented 
the v^ork of our Church in State Educational Institutions, 
especially in North Carolina State College of A. and E., at 
Raleigh, N. C, v^hich was received as information. 

The Foreign Missions report was submitted and adopted 
in full as amended and is as follows : 



FOREIGN MISSIONS 

The last year has been one of extraordinary blessing in our work 
abroad. 

Our Mid-China Mission reports, "Never before have we experi- 
enced such willing audiences or so many opportunities for preaching." 

The great Five-Year Evangelistic Movement in China for deepening 
the spiritual life of the Church and doubling its membership in the next 
five years, has met a widespread and eager response and is already 
bearing rich fruit. 

Says the North Kiangsu Mission, "If you friends could have seen 
the joy and zeal with which the work in every branch was reported, you 
would have been filled with new hope and desire as was each one pres- 
ent at this last meeting of the North Kiangsu Mission." 

Despite its depleted evangelistic force the Mexico Missions says, 
"Reports from all over the field show very encouraging results of the 
work done." Brazil and Korea sound a similar note. 

Africa's report is almost a continuous pean of praise. So numerous 
are its students for the ministry and so eager the native workers for a 
better knowledge of the Word, that around our Mutoto Bible School 
and Seminary "housing room has gone to such a premium," says the 
official report, "that it has been necessary to strain every energy, as well 
as the buget, to erect 100 temporary huts to care for the new families 
entering." 

In Japan the great "Kingdom of God Movement" for winning 1,000,- 
000 new disciples is under way. All the Japanese churches and missions 
are co-operating. It is led by Kagawa, one of our own mission con- 
verts and the outstanding Christian leader of the Orient. Says our mis- 
sion report, "It is bringing the Christian message to hundreds of thou- 
sands throughout all Japan. Many thousands have publicly declared their 
Christian faith, and great numbers have already united with the churches." 
The report concludes with our missionaries' prayer for power from on 
high, "because," they say, "on every side we see open doors of oppor- 
tunity as never before." 

If ever a Church was summoned of God to go forward in its work 
abroad, it is the Southern Presbyterian Church. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 23 

In contrast with these joyful facts are six most painful facts. To 
each one of these six the Presbytery is urged to give deliberate and 
prayerful consideration. 

1. During recent years five-sixths of the Presbyteries have cut 
down their percentage allotments to the Assembly causes. Secretary R. E. 
Magill reports that official statements from the clerks of the 16 Synods, 
regarding the 1930 budgets which these bodiese have adopted for Assem- 
bly causes, show a cut of about $800,000 from the $3,000,000 asked for 
by the Assembly. 

2. During recent years the average cost of all that enters into For- 
eign Mission work has risen 25 per cent. 

3. Hence the reduction of our missionary force since 1926 from 
516 to 427, a loss of 89, and the number is still falling. 

4. Hence also the swiftly multiplying breakdowns on the field as 
our shrunken force tries to keep the work going, while waiting recruits 
are held back by lack of funds. 

5. The receipts for the regular work for the year ending March 31, 
1929, were the lowest in many years. 

6. The receipts for the year just closed were lower still, being 
only $1,079,904, increasing the debt from $174,659. to $245,505. 

The above facts make it clear that the ecclesiastical arrangements in 
force are steadily strangling the Church's Foreign Mission work (the 
other Assembly causes being co-sufTerers), and that worse is certainly 
ahead, unless immediate action be taken to remedy existing conditions. 



Recommendations 

That the Presbytery give itself to prayer and conference in behalf of 
the Foreign Mission zvork, zvhich iis its ozvn mork, and that it take such 
definite action as zmll in its judgment meet and remedy the situation and 
open the zvay for the advance to zi'hich God is calling our Church. 

That a Committee be apointed to' deznse some method uuhereby zve 
as a Presbytery may change our declining support of Foreign Missions, 
the Committee to report to the next adjourned meeting of Presbytery. 

EDGAR G GAMMON. 

The following were appointed Special Committee on 
Foreign Missions : A. S. Johnson, J. M. Walker, L. R. 
Walker, W. W. Akers, J. D. Woodside, C. B. Choate, J. W. 
Thompson. 

W. E. Price, Treasurer of Benevolence for Presbytery, 
submitted his report, which was adopted as follows : 



24 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

FINANCIAL REPORT OF W. E. PRICE 

Treasurer of Benevolence, Mecklenburg Presbytery 
March 31, 1930 
Causes Receipts Disbursements Balance 
Presbytery's Home Miss. 

Balance Forwarded, 1929 $ 3,587.33 

Receipts 23,889.07 26,860.98 615.42 

27,476.40 

Foreign Missions 7,648.03 7,648.03 

Orphanage 1,849.87 1,849.87 

Assembly's Home Missions 3,582.00 3,582.00 

Synod's Home Missions 1,776.31 1,776.31 

Educational and Ministerial Relief 1,688.43 1,688.43 

Schools and Colleges 2,181.68 2,181.68 

Sunday School Extension 460.49 460.49 

Training School 152.02 152.06 

Lepers 35.00 35.00 

Presbyterial Tax 23.00 23.00 

Presbyterian League 10.00 10.00 

Church and Manse Erection Bal., 1929 __ 174.50 174.50 



$47,206.78 $47,178.66 $824.92 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. E. PRICE, Treasurer. 

We hereby certify that we have carefully checked the books and 
accounts of W. E. Price, Treasurer of Mecklenburg Presbytery, and 
find same correct as per above statement. 

J. L. WILLIAMSON. 
J. F. JAMISON. 

Auditors. 

The report of the Treasurer of Presbyterial Tax was 
adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF TREASURER OF TAX FUND 

J. G. Garth, State<I Clerk and Treasurer 

Bank Deposits as per Statement $3,064.36 

Received from Churches for Taxes During Year 2,705.05 

Paid Out for Expenses as Listed 2,968.84 

Balance in Bank, April 1, 1930 95.52 

Expenses 
Salaries 

Stated Clerk, J. G. Garth $ 200.00 

Permanent Clerk, J. W. Stork 30.00 

Benevolence 

Treasurer, W. E. Price, for 1928 100.00 

Secretary of Stewardship 100.00 

Auditor 25.00 

$ 455.00 



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A^essjnents 

General Assembly 1,099.77 

Historical Foundation 157.11 

Synod's Tax for 1928, bal. 135.66 

Synod's Tax for 1929 243.33 

$1,635.87 

Prmting 

Presbyterian Standard 491.92 

Von Boeckman Jones 

Statistical Slips 9:50 501.42 

Vacation Schools 

To Com. of Religious Education 250.00 

By Refund 54.31 195.69 

Miscellaneous 

Postage, Blanks, Etc. 126.55 

Refund from Trustees for Expense 

money not used 50.00 76.55 $2,864.53 

Refunds Re-deposited 104.31 

$2,968.84 
Account audited and found correct. 

J. F. JAMISON, Auditor. 

The report of Woman's Work in the Presbytery was 
submitted and adopted as follows : 

WOMAN'S WORK 

There are 67 membership auxiliaries with 5,115 members enrolled, 
but with five not reporting. 

The auxiliaries contributed as follows : 

To denominational benevolences : Foreign Missions, $12,755 ; Assem- 
bly's Home Missions, .$4,732; Christian Education and Ministerial Re- 
lief, $2,126; Religious Education and Publication, $556; Assembly's 
Training School for Lay Workers, $1,191; Bible Cause, $205; Synod's 
Home Missions, $1,886; Orphans' Homes, $6,060; Educational Insti- 
tutions, $2,657; Presbytery's Home Missions, $3,711; Auxiliary Special 
Benevolences, $6,225. Total denominational benevolences, $42,104. 

To local Church work : Local Auxiliary Contingent Fund, $3,691 ; 
Presbyterial and Synodical Contingent Fund, $1,135 ; Building Expense, 
$10,185. Total, local Church work, $15,641. Miscellaneous contributions, 
$6,902. Grand total, all contributions, $64,647. Amount contributed per 
capita, $12, Decrease from last year's contributions, $2,932. 

Organization and Activities 

The organizations are under control of Session and study the activi- 
ties and needs of all our Church agencies. All but one are affiliated with 
the Presbyterial Auxiliary. They have : Prayer Bands, 184 ; membership, 



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2,332; Mission Study Classes, Foreign, IZ; members, 1,627; Home, 66, 
members, 1,434; Stewardship Study Classes, 49; Auxiliary Bible Classes. 
163; members, 2,816; Family Altars, 659; Tithers, 978. 

The auxiliaries made canvasses: The Presbyterian Survey, 52; 
Church Paper, 46. 

Percentages of Auxiliaries reached the "Standard of Excellence : 
Blue Circle Auxiliaries, 24; Silver Circle Auxiliaries, 18; Gold Circle 
Auxiliaries, none. 

W. B. McILWAINE, Chairman. 

The report on Country Church Work was received and 
adopted as follows : 



REPORT OF COUNTRY CHURCH COMMITTEE 

Your Committee has studied the policies adopted by our 1929 Gen- 
eral Assembly with reference to the Country Church work ; also the report 
of the sub-committee on the Country Church Work to the 1930 General 
Assembly. 

There are millions of country people who do not have adequate re- 
ligious privileges, many of them located in communities where the peo- 
ple are poor or scattered, making organized churches impractical. The 
task is so large and the funds so insufficient that our Home Missions 
agencies are unable to meet the destitution. If the work is to be done 
we must rely largely upon the volunteer services of the men and women 
of our organized churches. This should be the subject of prayer by all 
of our churches on May 11, the day designated by the Assembly. 

Most of our organized country churches need to put a new valua- 
tion on the importance of their task, and to improve their program 
along the lines of the Standard for Village and Country Churches adopted 
by our last General Assembly. We therefore recommend : 



Recommendations 

1. That each of our churches through the session, the Men-of-the- 
Church, the Woman's Auxiliary and other agencies, establish and main- 
tain Sunday Schools among the country people. 

2. That prayer be ofifered in all our churches on Rural Life, Sun- 
day, May 11, for the spiritual welfare of the farm people both at home 
and abroad, and that wherever possible country churches use the pro- 
gram furnished by the Country Church Department, making the offering 
for Foreign Missions. 

3. That our village and country churches adopt the Standard ap- 
proved by the last General Assembly and apply for the chart to the 
Country Church Department, Box 1176, Richmond, Va. 

Q. N. HUNEYCUTT, 
S. J. HOOD. 
F. S. NEAL. 

Committee. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 27 

The Judicial Committee reported that no business had 
come to its attention. 

Rev. J. G. Garth presented the Presbyterian Standard. 

Rev. J. C. Grier, pastor of Mulberry Church invited Pres- 
bytery to hold the Fall meeting in that church, which in- 
vitation was accepted with a rising vote. 

The time of the Fall meeting was set for 11:00 a. m., 
Tuesday, October 28, 1930. 

Presbytery then took recess for the evening to re- 
convene at 7:30 p. m. 



WEDNESDAY NIGHT 

Presbytery re-convened at 7:30 p. m. 

The report of Presbytery's Executive Committee of 
Home Missions was presented by the Chairman, Rev. J. M. 
Walker. 

The financial report of Presbytery's Home Missions 
was submitted by W. E. Price, Treasurer. 

Pending action, Rev. A. A. Walker, Superintendent of 
Home Missions in the Presbytery, assisted by Rev. A. T. 
Taylor, of the Marston group. Rev. M. B. Prince, of Peach- 
land and Polkton, and Rev. W. C. Cooper, of the Oakboro 
group, conducted a popular meeting in the interests of 
Home Missions. 

The report of this committee was referred to the Stand- 
ing Committee on Presbytery's Home Missions. 

Presbytery adjourned till tomorrow morning following a 
prayer by Rev. J. W. Stork. 

THURSDAY MORNING 

Presbytery re-convened at 9:30 a. m. Thursday, April 17, 
and Rev. J. S. McFall, of Morven conducted the devotional 
period. 

The minutes of yesterday's sessions were read and ap- 
proved. 



28 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

The report of the Bills and Overtures Committee was 
read, but preceding action, the matter of organic union with 
the United Presbyterian Church was considered. 

Dr. R. A. Dunn, an elder of the Charlotte First Church, 
was extended the privilege of the floor in connection with 
the discussion on organic union with the United Presby- 
terian Church, and spoke as a representative of the Assem- 
bly's Committee on Union with this Church. 

Presbytery voted not to approve the Basis of Union with 
the United Presbyterian Churcli as sent down by our Gen- 
eral Assembly. 

The report of the Bills and Overtures Committee was 
considered seriatim. 

Recess was taken for lunch. 



THURSDAY AFTERNOON 

Presbytery re-convened at 2 :(X) p. m. 

The report of the Bills and Overtures Committee was 
continued and adopted as follows : 

BILLS AND OVERTURES 

The Committee on Bills and Overtures recommend the adoption of 
the following overtures : The first two were submitted by Rev. A. S. 
Johnson. 

1. The Presbytery of Mecklenburg respectfully overtures the Gen- 
eral Assembly in session at Charlottesville, Va., May 22, 1930, to dis- 
continue all committees looking to organic union with other churches, 
except the Committee on Organic Union with the Associated Reformed 
Presbyterian Church, for the following reasons : 

1. Our own work is being handicapped and causes like the Ministers' 
Annuity Fund and World Evangelization will be disturbed if this agita- 
tion continues. 

2. It tends to divide our own people and the consummation of such 
a union will certainly leave a continuing church with all the sorrows and 
heartaches connected with legal steps to protect those churches who 
would still stand for the integrity of our Assembly and the protection 
of its property rights. 

3. Whatever agreement there might be among the different bodies 
of Presbyterians, there are wide differences of practices and confessional 
interpretations that would mean discord were those bodies brought to- 
gether by organic union at this time. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 29 

2. The Presbytery of Mecklenburg- respectfully overtures the Gen- 
eral Assembly in session at Charlottesville, Va., May 22, 1930, to dis- 
continue all relation and support to the Federal Council of the Churches 
of Christ in America. 

This overture is based on the following reasons : 

1. The Federal Council is under the leadership of avowed liberals 
in theology. It has been charged from reputable sources with being in 
sympathy with Communism and the Russian Soviet propaganda. It is 
now being investigated by the United States Congress for its political 
activities on questions which Christ did not commission the church to 
settle. 

2. The Federal Council radio program has been the means of wide- 
spread error of fundamental truth. 

3. That Mecklenburg Presbytery overture the Board of Trustees 
of Davidson College to retain the Reserved Ofiticers Training Corps at 
the college. This overture was submitted by Rev. J. C. Grier. 

T. M. STRIBLING. 
M. J. HARRIS. 
J. A. AUTEN. 

Revs. C. H. Rowan, W. H. Johnston and S. B. McLean 
asked that their vote be recorded as opposed to the last 
resolution for continuing the R. O. T. C. at Davidson. 

The Standing Committee on Presbytery's Home Mis- 
sions submitted the following report Avhich was adopted : 



STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOME MISSIONS 

Your Standing Committee on Home Missions would make the fol- 
lowing report : 

We have read carefully the report of the Executive Committee on 
Home Missions of this Presbytery and would commend the Committee 
for its successful effort to keep all the fields supplied with a minister 
the past year, realizing this is the most effective way to build up any 
church or mission field. 

Your Committee is pleased also, and would commend the building 
program successfully carried out last year and would heartily approve 
the Executive Committee's efforts to secure at the earliest possible time 
self-support on the part of the churches aided, which is one effective way 
of teaching and impressing stewardship and the spirit of liberality on 
the part of the members. 

Your Committee would express appreciation of the fine work and 
faithful services of the members of the Executive Committee and of 
the superintendent. Rev. A. A. Walker, and especially the self-sacri- 
ficing and consecrated labors of the ministers in these home mission 
fields who are doing such effective work in building up the Kingdom 
of Christ in Mecklenburg Presbytery. 



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Recommendations 

We recommend the adoption of the report of this Committee, includ- 
ing the recommendations. 

W. W. AKERS, Chmn. 
W. B. McILWAINE. 
J. C. GRIER 
W. H. JOHNSTON. 



W. E. Price, Treasurer Home Missions Committee 
Mecklenburg Presbytery 
March 31, 1930 
Receipts 

Balance on Hand, Report March 31, 1929 $ 3,5^7.33 

Rceived from Churches, Society and Auxiliary 

Sunday Schools and Individuals 18,888.63 

Dividends Commercial National Bank 24.00 

J. F. Rogers, Note Paid 850.00 

Candor Church Curtail on Note 50.00 

Mechanics B. & L. Asso. Certificate 1,500.00 

Merchants & Farmers Bank Certificate 2,000.00 

Mutual B. & L. Asso. Certificate 200l00 

Sale Allen Church Building 100.00 

W. M. Moss Returned Overpayment 25.00 

B. F. Yandell, Refund Bible School 65.19 

Ellerbe Church Reimbursement on Note Paid 47.00 

Interest on Cert. Deposit & B. & L. Cert 139.26 



$27,476.40 
Disbursements 

Paid to Workers— Supt. Salary and Exp $17,885.97 

Special Expenses A. A. Walker 36.78 

Printing 15.00 

Conference Expenses 13.65 

B. F. Yandell Daily Vacation Bible Schools 300.00 

Stamps — Treasurer 7.00 

Insurance on Car 54.87 

Expense Members Atendance Com. Meet 9.85 

Roberdel Mense 430.10 

Paint for Churches — Brainard, Oakboro, Locust-Morven 156.25 

Thomasboro Church 250.00 

Nevin Church Building 1,000.00 

Norman Church B. & L 598.50 

Difference Exchange Automobile 498.00 

North Charlotte Church Bldg. (from fire ins.) 1,500.00 

North Charlotte Church Building 1,500.00 

Troy Church Building 2,000.00 

Ellerbe Bldg. Notes, Jeflferson Stand. Life Ins 305.01 

Lilesville Methodist Church, Use of Building 100.00 

Oakboro Church Building for Roof 200.00 

Balance on Hand 61S.42 

$27,476.40 



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Liabilities 

Mt. Gilead Church— Unpaid Promise $ 500.00 

Matthews Church— Unpaid Promise 1,000.00 

Assets 

Pontiac Sedan $ 500.00 

2 Shares Stock, Com. Natl. Bank 400.00 

B. & L. Certificate Oakboro Manse 400.00 

Candor Church Note 350.00 

$1,650.00 
Respectfully submitted, 

W. E. PRICE, Treasurer. 

We hereby certify that we have carefully checked the books and 
accounts of W. E. Price, Tresaurer of the Home Mission Committee of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery, and find same correct as per the above state- 
ment. 

J. L. WILLIAMSON. 
J. F. JAMISON. 

Auditors. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF HOME MISSIONS 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 

For the Year Ending March 31, 1930 

The Executive Commitee of Home Missions hereby presents to the 
Presbytery its annual report, together with the Treasurer's report, prop- 
erly audited and signed ; and would humbly record its gratitude to our 
Heavenly Father for His continued blessings upon the work. 

In making this report, we are deeply conscious of the incomplete- 
ness of the record. Home Missions is a spiritual enterprise, and as such 
its ministries cannot be properly portrayed through bare statistics. Only 
the All-Seeing Eye ,and He that knoweth the intents of the heart, can 
properly record the full service rendered by these faithful servants as they 
labor from day to day, winning souls for the Master, building up the 
church in its faith, strengthening the homes of the community, encourag- 
ing the weak and comforting the sorrowing and distressed ones of the 
earth. Many of their finest efforts never come to the surface. The rec- 
ord, however, is faithfully kept in the Book on High, and no man need 
fear that he will be overlooked, it mattrs not how hard and difficult 
the work, and how obscure the field in which he labors. 

I. The Objective 

The ultimate purpose of Presbytery's Home Missions is to win all 
the people of the Presbytery to a personal loyalty to Jesus Christ, and 
to carry His Gospel with its saving and uplifting power to every nook 
and corner of the Presbytery, and to help sustain those churches in this 
work that are weak and cannot support themselves in carrying out this 
task. 

This is a work that is basic in the life of the whole Church. It is 
laying the foundation upon which we may build larger things. As we 



32 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

look into it — and it never ceases to be surprising — what a large per cent 
of the church leaders come from these activities ! Home Mission efforts 
usually discover the springs that feed the rivers that fertilize the plains. 
Practically every self-supporting church throughout the country began 
as a mission point, A full appraisal of the church's assets in Presby- 
tery's Home Missions would lead us to the conclusion that it is a wise 
expenditure of funds that develops a growing home mission church, ever 
increasing in power to do the work of the Kingdom. It is a great pro- 
ductive agency, and in a few years begins to pay back in home mission 
funds four-fold. Whatever may be the demands upon use elsewhere, we 
must see to it that this cause is properly cared for. The life of the 
Church is dependent upon it ; and our statesmanship as churchmen will 
be revealed in the proportionate distribution of the budget funds which 
we make for this cause. 



II. Review of the Year 

In a brief review of the year we can hope to touch upon but a few 
of the many interesting matters that have come before us as we have 
endeavored to prosecute our task. Each year presents its own problems 
to us in varying aspects ; and the work never ceases to have its 
attractions. 

The past year has been unique in the sense that every field under the 
care of the Committee has been supplied with a minister, and that con- 
dition has obtained for most of the year. While we rejoice in it, and hope 
that we may continue to keep all the fields supplied, still this was more 
than we had hoped for, certainly more than we had counted upon, when 
we made out our budget at the beginning of the year. And this has run 
up our workers' expense account far beyond that of any previous year. 
And while we closed the year with a small balance on hand, as will be 
shown under the head of "Finances," this could not have been done had 
it not been for the healthy balance we had built up in previous years. 
Our receipts did not warrant the expenditure, and we have been forced 
to reduce the appropriations in a good many fields for the coming year. 
We do not anticipate, however, that this will injure the work. It is the 
judgment of your Committee that we are already contributing in many 
places more than is wise. Our appeal is that the churches affected will 
more than make up for these amounts, which we have been compelled 
to make by way of reduction. Our attention should be turned more and 
more to the development of new work, and we cannot do this if all our 
funds are consumed in paying salaries in old and long established churches. 
1. Statistics: 

We now have 51 churches and four mission points under the care 
of the Home Mission Committee, grouped into 20 separate pastoral 
charges. Including the Superintendent, and the Evangelist of Union and 
Anson Counties, we now have 23 men on the field. During the year they 
have had 267 professions of faith, 162 additions by professions, and 135 
by letter. 

With the beginning of the new year, the following churches become 
self-supporting : Plaza, Badin and Palestine. We congratulate these 
churches upon this new step, and bid them God's speed as they go 
alone. Special mention should be made of the Plaza Church in this con- 
nection ; moving a few years ago from Pegram Street, where it had had 



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MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 33 

a struggling" existence, to the Plaza, and building the first unit of their 
church plant, they have gone steadily forward till today, the church 
occupies one of the important places in the church life of the city. With 
their wise and energetic pastor leading them on, we hope for large things 
for them in the near future. 

We now have 45 church buildings on the home mission field. Many 
of these are new buildings, and others are to be erected just as soon as 
the way is clear. Of these 45 buildings, 29 of them are insured to the 
amount of $85,800. We urge that the others be insured. We have 11 
manses, all of which are insured. The church at Altan was destroyed 
by fire during the year. 

A study of the special statistics of the several churches, recently 
received and compiled by our Superintendent, reveals some unusually 
interesting facts. Among these is the fact that wherever a church has 
a live Sunday School, and its members have been led to practice the 
principle of Christian Stewardship, there you have a growing home mis- 
sion church. But there is nothing unusual about this. It is just as you 
would expect. We look for our additions from the Sunday School, and 
rightly so, and growth in godliness will at once reveal itself in our gift. 
In fact, faithfulness as a good steward is the best criterion the church 
has of a man's religious experience. Neglect the Sunday School, and fail 
to teach the principles of stewardship, and the church dwindles away, 
takes the dry rot, and soon dies. Your Committee would urge Presby- 
tery to lay this matter upon the hearts of our home mission men, and 
prevail upon many of them to give more time and thought to the 
building up of their Sunday Schools, and the putting into their churches 
our approved system of finance; to insist that the Every Member Can- 
vass be put on in every church, and made complete if possible. It is 
unfair for a church to be receiving help when it should be helping itself, 
and is well able to do so. 
2. Building Program : 

During the year, the following churches were completed : North 
Charlote, at a cost of $15,000, only $4,500 of which remains to be paid; 
Waxhaw, at a cost of about $12,000; Nevins, at a like amount, and 
Tabernacle, at a cost of $10,000. The church at Troy is nearing com- 
pletion at a cost of $18,000. The Altan Church, which was destroyed 
by fire, is being rebuilt, and is to be complete by the first of July. 

In our report of one year ago at Steele Creek, we listed the names 
of seventeen home mission churches recently built in the Presbytery. Add 
to that list these that we have mentioned above and you get some idea 
of th great building program that has been going on, and the numerous 
appeals that have come to the Committee for help. We have done the 
best we could with the funds in hand. 

The following churches need church buildings : Biscoe, Star, Rourks 
Chapel, McLean Memorial, and Lilesville. These congregations are wor- 
shipping in buildings belonging to sister denominations or in school 
buildings. 

We need manses for North Charlotte, Plaza, Marshville, Oakboro, 
Troy, Badin, Marston, Morven and one for the Peachland and Polkton 
group. 



34 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

3. Finances : 

Total receipts from churches, societies, Sunday Schools, and indi- 
viduals amounted to $18,888.63, as compared with last year's receipts 
from the same source of $17,648.05. But included in this year's receipts 
is the approximate sum of $3,000 that really belonged to last yearj^ but 
was not so accredited because it came in after the Treasurer had closed 
his books. Total receipts from all sources, including a balance of $3,587.33 
with which we began the year, and certain asset funds held in trust for 
building purposes, but withdrawn this year, all of which you will find 
listed in the Treasurer's report, amounted to $27,476.40. Total expenses 
for the year amounted to $26,860.98, leaving a balance on hand at the 
beginning of this year of $615.42. In addition to that which we have 
received through the Presbytery, Synod Home Missions Committee has 
contributed $4,380.00 to the work, all of which has been administered by 
your Committee. 

III. Policies 

1. It is the policy of the Committee to reduce all appropriations to 
the field each year 10 per cent. 

2. The Committee will expect every pastor engaged in home mission 
work to live on the field he serves. 

3. The Committee will expect all applications for aid in building 
churches and manses to be made in writing. Such applications must show 
cost of building contemplated and the amount of money already raised 
for the same. Further, churches expecting to receive aid from the Home 
Mission Committee in building either church or manse, are requested 
to confer with the Committee in regard to the site, the style of building, 
and the plan for financing the same, before they actually begin operation. 

4. The Committee will expect every home mission church and manse 
to be properly insured and care taken to see that this insurance is kept 
in force. 

5. Churches receiving aid from the Home Mission Committee are 
expected to pay in full their apportionment to Presbytery's Home Mis- 
sions, namely 15 per cent of the total benevolent budget. 



IV. Recommendations 

1. That Rev, A. A. Walker be re-elected Superintendent of Presby- 
tery's Home Missions. 

2. That Rev. R. J. Mcllwaine be re-elected Evangelist of Union 
and Anson Counties. 

3. That Presbytery grant the following supply : Bethlehem, Union- 
ville, and Midland — H. C. Carmichael. 

4. That a conference for the home mission workers and their wives 
be held on June 10th at Ellerbe Springs, the expenses of which to be 
borne by the Committee. 

5. That Presbytery urge each church to pay in full its apportion- 
ment to Presbytery's Home Missions, which is 15 per cent. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 35 

6. That we hereby express our appreciation for the loyal support 
which we have received from so many churches, societies, especially the 
Woinan's Auxiliary, Sunday Schools and individuals, and pray that the 
Presbytery may become 100 per cent loyal to this great cause. 

7. That Presbytery approve the following appropriations for the 
year 1930-31 : 

Churches Presbytery 

Indian Trail, Siler $ 1,000.00 

Troy, Wadeville, Star 950.00 

Ellerbe, Norman 

Mt. Carmel 240.00 

Oakboro, Stanfield 

Locust 960.00 

Morgan Memorial 300.00 

Pageland, Beulah 

Salem 660.00 

Robinson 575.00 

Peachland, Polkton 700.00 

Roberdel, Brainard 

Midway, Cameronian 600.00 

Walkersville, Altan 

Bethany, Rehoboth 320.00 

Candor, Biscoe 

Macedonia 630.00 

Wilmoore 500.00 

North Charlotte 960.00 

Bethlehem, Midland 

Unionville 960.00 

Marston, McLean Memorial 

Marks Creek, Rourks Chapel 980.00 

Morven, Camden 

Lilesville 810l00 

Six Mile Creek 175.00 

Lee Park, Turner 

Stephenson 1,000.00 

Union County Evangelist 600.00 

Superintendent 3,000.00 

Superintendent's Expenses l^OOO.OO 

Incidental Expenses 500.00 

Promised Mt. Gilead (Unpaid) 500.00 

Promised Matthews (Unpaid) 1,000.00 

Total $18,920.00 

J. M. WALKER, Chairman. 

The report of the Committee on Presbyterial Assess- 
ments was adopted as follows : 

PRESBYTERY'S ASSESSMENTS 

Your Committee on Presbytery's Assessments would recpectfully 
submit the following report : 

The following churches have not paid their Presbyterial tax for the 



36 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

year 1928-1929: Monroe First, Marshville, North Charlotte, Oakboro, 
Palestine, Plaza, Porter, Six Mile Creek, Siler, Stanfield, Star, Stephen- 
son, Tabernacle and Wadeville. Hopewell has paid only part of the 
tax for 19-28-1929. 

We recommend : 

1. That the churches listed above be urged to pay their tax as soon 
as possible as the money is badly needed by the Clerk to pay his bills for 
the Presbytery. 

2. We would call attention of Presbytery to the fact that in some 
cases the Presbyterial tax is paid out of the fund for benevolence. It 
appears to this Committee that the Presbyterial tax should come out of 
the funds for current expenses. 

J. C. GRIER. 

J. F. HARDIE. 

W. A. NICHOLSON. 

The report of the Committee on Vacancy and Supply re- 
ported as follows, which report was adopted : 

VACANCY AND SUPPLY 

Your Committee of Vacancy and Supply beg leave to report that 
we have tried to function all during the year. We have offered our 
help to vacant churches as opportunity permitted, and they have used 
our services in securing supplies. A member of this Committee, Ruling 
Elder W. E. Price, conducts a bureau of temporary supply for churches 
whose pastors are absent, and has been in touch with ministers available 
for supply work, and has often made appointments. 

We stand ready to assist churches or ministers, and when a minister 
has an open date, we will appreciate his telling Mr. Price of it. 

With reference to the Assembly's bureau conducted by Rev. J. D. 
Leslie, D.D., of Dallas, Texas, Stated Clerk of the Assembly, he reports 
that 190 ministers have registered with his office. During eleven months 
64 ministers have been removed from this list of registrants, having made 
some connection with a church, while in the same period 80 other min- 
isters have registered with the bureau. 

Churches also are registering and the efficiency of the bureau seems 
to be growing. The vacant churches last year were fewer than for sev- 
eral years. It is desirable for vacant churches to furnish information to 
the Assembly's bureau in order that it may be better prepared to recom- 
mend suitable men for their work, 

A, A. WALKER, Chmn. 

W. E, PRICE. 

J, G. GARTH. 

The report of the Committee on Sessional records was 
adopted as follows : 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY Z1 

SESSIONAL RECORDS 

The Committee on Sessional Records in submitting its report would 
call attention to some features of proper sessional administration and 
recording toward which there is a noticeable prevalence of remissness 
in the records submitted at this meeting of Presbytery. 

1. It is not clear in most sessional minutes what is the originating 
authority for the meeting — whether a regular stated meeting is being 
held, or one called by the pastor, or otherwise authorized. In any other 
delegated body such fact is an important matter for record. In the case 
of most churches it is not clear that the session ever holds a stated 
meeting. Yet Church Order specifically stipulates that each session shall 
arrange for and hold stated meetings at least quarterly. 

2. There is frequent failure to record approval of minutes of session. 

3. One matter that seems quite generally omitted from records is 
that any official attention is given by the session to minutes of higher 
courts for the purpose of ascertaining any call therefrom for sessional 
or congregational action. No exception has been made by this Committee, 
however, against individual churches on this point. 

4. Many sessions are still failing to provide the required conveni- 
ence of a conspicuous outside cover label on their books, giving the name 
of the church. 

5. The following churches failed to submit records to this Com- 
mittee at this meeting of Presbytery : Bethlehem, Biscoe, Candor, Lee 
Park, Locust, Macedonia, Marshville, Matthews, Midland, Midway, Mor- 
gan Memorial, Palestine, Polkton, Porter, Robinson, Six Mile Creek, 
Stanfield, Star, Stevenson, Troy, Turner, Unionville, Wadeville. 

Respectfully submitted, 

T. H. MITCHELL, Chairman. 

The following report concerning Men's Work was 
adopted : 

DEPARTMENT OF MEN'S WORK 

Your Committee on Men's Work would present the following report : 
Our examination of the reports of sessions sents to this Presbytery, 
if accepted at their face value, reveal a most discouraging situation in 
regard to this important department of our Church's work in Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery. 

Only twelve churches report Men's Bible Classes, with a member- 
ship of 1,070. Five churches report Men-of -the- Church organizations, 
with a combined membership of only 163. Six churches report Men's 
Clubs, with a membership of 700. 

The contributions from all forms of organizations reported are 
$10,336, and it should be said, in all fairness, that the Men's Clubs of 
the First and Second Churches of Charlote contributed of this sum 
$9,118. 



38 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

If we believed that these reports received by us represented the 
entire work of the men of our Presbytery the situation would be startling. 
We are satisfied the work has not been adequately reported. An example 
of this is found in the fact that only twelve Men's Bible Classes are 
reported. There are probably three times that many. Furthermore, the 
sessions reports convince us that there is much confusion in the minds 
of many sessions in regard to what should be reported under Men's 
Work. To correct this we believe the report forms should be simplified, 
making each form of Men's Work, upon which a report is desired, stand 
out by itself distinctly and blank spaces left for information under each 
form. As, for example, under these distinct heads : Men's Bible Classes, 
Men's Clubs, Men-of-the-Church, etc., and blank spaces for information 
desired under each. 

In regard to the Men-of-the-Church we believe the organization 
should be more flexible, and so more adaptable, if we are to secure ready 
acceptance of the name and of the organization by our churches for 
Men's Work. 

While making the above statement of opinion, we recognize the 
splendid features of the organization as now constituted and that where 
it can be accepted in its entirety it is almost ideal. 

We would therefore ask the adoption of the following recommenda- 
tions : 

1. That the Department of Men's Work of our Assembly be 
approved. 

2. That the Men-of-the-Church organization be given a place on 
the docket of all our churches at an early date for the careful, thor- 
ough and prayerful study of the organization and that preparatory to 
this meeting literature be ordered from the Atlanta oflice. 

3. That a committee on organization be appointed by sessions to 
make further study of the organization and to set up the organization 
whenever it shall seem practical, according to the Constitution. 

4. That a group of churches constituting a pastorate, when it is not 
possible to set up the organization in each church, be organized as one 
organization with a working group in each church of the group. 

5. That we request Doctor Purcell to arrange at least one Training 
School in our Presbytery. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LYNN R. WALKER, Chairman. 

The following report on Calls and Supplies was adopted : 

CALLS AND SUPPLIES 

Your Committee on Calls and Supplies would respectfully submit the 
following report : 

We recommend that the requests of the following churches for stated 
supplies until the fall meeting of Presbytery be granted : 

Thomasboro Dr. George F. Robertson 

Mallard Creek Dr. W. H. Frazer 



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Badin and Palestine Rev. A. S. Anderson 

Williams Memorial Dr. A. R. Shaw 

Providence Rev. J. G. Garth 

McGee Rev. A. H. Frazer 

Hopewell Dr. C. W. Sommerville 

Newell Rev. M. E. Peabody 

C. H. ROWAN, Chairman. 

The following report of the Committee on Nominations 
was adopted as follows : 

NOMINATIONS 

We, your Committee on Nominations, recommend as follows : 

1. The re-election of the present Committee on Home Missions. 

2. The election of Rev. L. B. Burney as General Chairman of Re- 
ligious Education. 

3. That Rev. W. A. Nicholson be made Chairman of Bible Cause. 

4. That Rev. J. W. Stork be substituted for Rev. C. H. Rowan, re- 
signed, on the Executive Committee of Home Missions. 

Respectfully submitted, 

T. M. STRIBLING, Chairman. 

The following report on Synod's Minutes was adopted : 

SYNOD'S MINUTES 

The Committee on Synod's Minutes have examined the minutes. 
We find no items that need special mention. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. H. LITTLE. . 
J. S. McFALL, JR. 
J. W. MILLER. 
L. S. BOYD. 

A. s. Mclaughlin. 

The report on Leave of Absence was adopted as follows : 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE 

We recommend the following be excused from session of Presbytery 
as indicated below : 

After the Wednesday morning session, W. C. Copeland, J. C. Turner. 

After Wednesday afternoon, S. B. McClure, J. A. Presley, M. E. 
Peabody, T. W. Stewart. 

After Wednesday night, J. A. Caligan, Dr. J. E. Hart, D. L. Cop- 
pedge, J. L. Choate. 



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After Thursday afternoon, Dr. J. F. Hardie. 

Tuesday night and Wednesday, Dr. C. W. Sommerville. 

Tuesday and Wednesday, W. G. Thomas. 

Thursday, A. T. Taylor, O. W. Potts. 

Thursday afternoon, R. J. Mcllwaine, Q. N. Hunneycutt, E. J. 
Stinson, G. W Fesperman. 

Thursday afternoon after 4 o'clock. Dr. A. S. Johnson, Dr. C. R. 
Nisbet. 

From this meeting of Presbytery, W. P. Chedester, W. S. Hamiter, 
and J. A. McQueen. 

A verbal report was made by Rev. W. B. Neill that Pres- 
bytery's printed minutes had been well prepared and no 
criticism was offered. 

The following report on Religious Education was 
adopted : 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 

The Committee on Religious Education reports as follows : 

I. Department of the Sunday School 

1. There were 89 churches reporting Sunday Schools this year. This 
is an increase of eight schools over last year and is commendable. 

2. The following churches have reported no schools for the past 
two years : Biscoe, Lilesville, Midland, Palestine, Pee Dee, Porter, Six 
Mile Creek, Stanfield, Star, Unionville and Wadesville. Pee Dee, how- 
ever, has a Union Sunday School. Matthews and Hopewell did not send 
in their reports. We urge pastors of churches not having Sunday Schools 
to try to arouse sentiment in this direction. 

3. Only 38 churches reported additions of pupils on profession of 
faith. It should be the aim of the Sunday Schools to bring their pupils 
into the Church. 

4. Only eight churches have a Home Department. 

5. A letter from R. E. Magill informs us that the amount given 
to Sunday School extension and publication for this year is $2,970.95, 
against $3,156.75 last year, or a falling off of about $200. 

6. We note that many of the schools do not teach the hymns, Bible 
and catechisms. 

We therefore recommend that the work of the Sunday Schools be 
an object of work and prayer on the part of the pastor,s and people and 
that the teaching of the catechisms be stressed. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 41 

II. Department of Young People's Work 

In compiling the statistics of the Young People's Work we are grati- 
fied at the material increase over last year. We now have 50 organiza- 
tions reported as against i6 last year, with a corresponding increase of 
membership. Twenty-eight churches made no report as to Young Peo- 
ple's Work. The membership is as follows : Senior Christian Endeavor, 
1,551; Intermediate Christian Endeavor, 437; Junior Christian Endeavor, 
620 ; Young People's League, 125 ; other forms, 195, making a total mem- 
bership of 2,928. The contributions from these societies last year amounted 
to $2,676. Of these organizations 48 are under the control of the session, 
two are not, 38 are affiliated with Christian Endeavor and 11 with Y. P. 
Presbyterian League; 21 followed the progressive program while 23 did 
not. 

We recommend that wherever there are enough young people in 
the church to effect an organization, that interest be aroused in this 
important form of work. That the progressive program be followed 
whenever possible. 

The Young People's Conference of Mecklenburg Presbytery will be 
held at Banner Elk, N. C, July 7-11. Each church is asked to select two 
delegates and send their names together with the registration fee of one 
dollar. The expense of the conference will be six dollars per delegate, 
a total cost of seven dollars. For further information write Rev. E. A. 
Dillard, 306 Crescent Avenue, Charlotte, N. C. If you do not wish to 
send the delegates asked for, please notify Mr. Dillard so that others may 
be given the privilege of going. 

SABBATH SCHOOLS— SUMMARY 

Number schools, 89; total regular pupils, 12,544; Cradle Roll — 1, 
2, and 3 years, 826; Home Department, 346; Officers and Teachers — all 
Departments, 1,310. Total membership, 15,034. Pupils added to the Church 
on confession during the year, 316. 

Contributions to denominational benevolences : Foreign Missions, 
$3,435; Assembly's Home Missions, $910; Christian Education and Min- 
isterial Relief, $918; Religious Education and Publication, $1,222; As- 
sembly's Training School for Lay Workers, %l?i; Bible Cause, $119; 
Synod's Home Missions, $347; Orphans' Homes, $3,796; Educational 
Instituions, $141 ; Presbytery's Home Missions, $382. For current ex- 
penses of school, $16,522. Miscellaneous contributions, $4,160. Grand total, 
all contributions, $31,195. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S WORK— SUMMARY 

Membership Senior Christian Endeavor, 1,551 ; Intermediate Chris- 
tian Endeavor, 437 ; Junior Christian Endeavor, 620 ; Young People's 
League, 125; other forms, 195. Total, 2,928. 

Contributions to denominational benevolences: Foreign Missions, $664; 
Assembly's Home Missions, $55 ; Christian Education and Ministerial 
Relief, $66; Publication and Sabbath School Work, $31; Assembly's 
Training School for Lay Workers, $24; Bible Cause, $2; Synod's Home 
Missions, $7; Orphans' Homes, $119; Educational Institutions, $14; Pres- 
bytery's Home Missions, $10. Total, denominational benevolences, $1,000. 



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Contributions to local church work : Pastor's Salaries, $72 ; Current 
Expenses, $633 ; Congregational Missions, $38 ; Building Expense, $416. 
Total, local church work, $1,159, Miscellaneous contributions, $517. Grand 
total, all contributions, $2,676. 

Organization and Activities 

Are the organizations under control of Session? Yes, 48; no, 2. Are 
they affiliated with Christian Endeavor ? 38 are. Are they affiliated with 
the Y. P. Presbyterian League? 11 are. Are they following the outline 
of the Progressive Program in their work ? 27 yes ; 23 no. Do they 
promote the following activities: (1) Spiritual? 50; (2) Mental? 50; 
(3) Physical? 50; (4) Social? 50. Sixteen report no work; 28 made no 
report; 50 report organizations. 

M. B. PRINCE, JR. 

The following recommendation of the Committee on 
Sabbath and Family Religion was adopted: 

THE SABBATH AND FAMILY RELIGION 

We recommend that our ministers and laymen, the Sabbath Schools 
and societies of the Church, continue to avail themselves of the splendid 
free literature provided by our Committee of Publication on the Sabbath 
and the Christian Home, and that we work for a more general partici- 
pation in the support of the Lord's Day Alliance and other promotive 
agencies of these institutions. 

The salary of the Stated Clerk of Presbytery was in- 
creased from $200.00 to $300.00 per annum. 

The installation of Rev. W. A. Nicholson as pastor of 
Pineville and Banks was reported and adopted as follows : 

INSTALLATION OF W. A. NICHOLSON 

The installation services were held on February 23rd as follows : 
At Banks in the morning of the above date at 11 o'clock. Present, Rev. 
S. B. Lyerly, who presided, propounded the constitutional questions, and 
charged the pastor ; Rev. W. B. Mcllwaine, D.D., who preached the 
sermon; Ruling Elder Nat C. White, who charged the congregation. 
Rev. Wm. E. Mcllwaine, D.D., of Florida Presbytery, was also present 
and was invited to sit with the Commission as a visiting brother. He 
offered a prayer. 

At Pineville Church on the same date but at 7 :30 P. M. Present, 
Rev. S. B. Lyerly, who presided, propounded the constitutional ques- 
tions, and charged the congregation; Rev. W. H. Frazer, D.D., who 
preached the sermon ; Ruling Elder W. E. Price, who charged the pastor ; 
Ruling Elder H. M. Nicholson. 

In both instances the Commission was organized and constituted, 
and conducted the proceedings in accordance with provisions of the Con- 
stitution of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. 

W. B. McILWAINE. 

S. B. LYERLY. 

N. C. WHITE. 

W. E. PRICE. 

W. H. FRAZER. 



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The Statistical report of Presbytery to the General As- 
sembly was presented by the Stated Clerk which was 
adopted and ordered sent to the General Assembly. 

The report of the Chairman and Secretary of Steward- 
ship was submitted and adopted, and permission being 
granted the Secretary of Stewardship to complete the re- 
port before the printing of the Minutes. 

STEWARDSHIP REPORT 

In obedience to Presbytery's direction the Secretary of Steward- 
ship arranged for a Day of Prayer to be observed by the Presby- 
tery in preparation for the annual Every Member Canvass. This 
service was held in the First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, N. 

C, on February 17, 1930. At this conference Rev. W. H. Frazer, 

D. D., Rev. C. R. Nisbet, D.D., and Rev. E. A. Dillard spoke on 
certain phases of stewardship, bringing messages that were in- 
structive and inspiring. About two dozen persons were present to 
hear these addresses. 

In the fall of 1929 the Synod of North Carolina sent down to 
the Presbytery of Mecklenburg an apportionment for benevo- 
lences totaling $217,000, which was distributed according to the 
following schedule of percentages and amounts : 

I. Assembly's Causes 60.0% $130,200 

1. Foreign Missions Z2>.y/c $72,261 

2. Home Missions 16.0% 34,720 

3. Christian Edu. & Min. Relief 7.5% 16,275 

4. Religious Edu. & Publication 2.0% 4,340 

5. Assembly's Training School .6% 1,302 

6. Bible Cause .6% 1,302 

II. Synod's Causes 25.0% 54,250 

1. Home Missions 7.5% 16,275 

2. Orphans' Home 7.5% 16,275 

3. Schools and Colleges 8.1% 18,879 

4. Union Theological Seminary 1.3% 2,821 

III. Presbytery's Causes 15.0% 32,550 

1. Home Missions 15.0% 32,550 

Total $217,000 

This sum of $217,000, the askings of the Synod, was accepted by 
the Presbytery as its benevolent goal and was then apportioned to 
the churches according to the schedule as published in the minutes 
of the 120th Stated Session of Mecklenburg Presbytery. 

By means of correspondence and personal visits to some churches 
Presbytery's Secretary of Stewardship made such preparation as he 
was able for the Every Member Canvass on March 16, 1930. The 
results of that canvass as reported to Presbytery show that 65 
churches have pledged $127,472 for benevolences from 6,069 sub- 
scribers ; and 72 churches have pledged from 7,161 subscribers $181,- 
465 on a total Current Expense Budget of $208,544. 



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Twenty-nine churches made no report of any results of an 
Every Member Canvass for benevolences. The churches failing to 
make such report are : Bethel, Biscoe, Candor, Cornelius, Hopewell, 
Huntersville, Lilesville, Locust, Macedonia, Mallard Creek, Marsh- 
ville, Matthews, Midland, Morgan Memorial, Nevin, Norman, Oak- 
boro, Palestine, Porter, Rockingham, Salem, Six Mile Creek, Stan- 
field, Stephenson, Tabernacle, Thomasboro, Wadeville, Waxhaw, 
West Avenue. 

The fact that we have pledged only $127,472 of a total benev- 
olent budget of $217,000 ($90,000 short of our goal!) causes a feeling 
of some misgiving; but we are reminded that many of our people 
are traditionally averse to making pledges and will often pay 
when they do not pledge, so that the final results of the canvass 
may not be so distressing as present circumstances seem to in- 
dicate. There is at least a challenge in the situation that confronts 
us : of 94 churches in our Presbytery only 65 of them indicate 
their interest in the larger work of the Kingdom, and of 16,000 
members in those churches only 6,000 of them are reported as 
pledging their support to the benevolent work of the church. 
This condition challenges us to renewed zeal in the teaching of 
stewardship and to continued faithfulness in prayer for all de- 
partments of the Master's work. 

From stewardship reports to Presbytery we gather sdme 
interesting facts with regard to money invested in church and 
manse property: 82 churches reported are valued at $2,047,000; 
40 manses are valued at $215,000, making a total of $2,262,000. 
However, some of the most valuable property was not reported. 
There is a debt of $388,000 on this property. 

We offer the following recommendations : 

1. That our ministers and church leaders be urged to keep up the 
campaign of instruction in stewardship principles and obligation, 
seeking to overcome the aversion to making pledges in a business- 
like way for the support of the church's benevolent work. 

2. That our churches be urged to make use of the publicity re- 
sources of the Stewardship Department, 305 Henry Grady Build- 
ing, Atlanta, Ga., in keeping our people informed as to the progress 
and needs of the whole work of the Church. 

3. That our churches be urged to remember that the benevolent 
goal of our Presbytery is $217,000 (by virtue of Presbytery's vote of 
acceptance) instead of the $127,472 reported from the Every Member 
Canvass, and that the individual church has a corresponding obli- 
gation. 

4. That all pastors and other leaders be urged to co-operate fully 
with the Stewardship Department in the renewed effort to enroll 
members in the Stewardship League. 

5. That the Stewardship Honor Roll of churches paying each 
month one-twelfth of their promised budget for benevolences be 
heartily commended to all churches. 



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6. That the "Up-a-Step" plan of the Stewardship Department for 
observing quarterly pay-up days be commended to all churches. 

7. That the Presbyterian Progressive Program as revised and 
now fully and completely adapted to the various church groups be 
commended to all churches for universal use as the best available 
outline of the year's Kingdom Promotion, 

8. That the leaders in all churches co-operate in the endeavor to 
secure subscriptions in every family for one of our church papers, 
the Presbyterian Survey, and the Program Builder. 

Respectfully submitted, 

By order of the Committee, 
W. H. JOHNSTON, Secretary. 

Note: See Appendix for Every Member Canvass and Value of 
Church Property. 

The Special Committee on the Manual was continued. 

The following resolutions of appreciation to the hostess 
church were adopted : 

RESOLUTION OF THANKS 

The Committee on Thanks is pleased to submit the following 
report : 

The Presbytery of Mecklenburg in its 121st stated session ex- 
presses its deep gratitude to a wise leading Providence for directing 
it to this historic and beautiful location for the transaction of the 
King's business. 

We desire to express our appreciation to the pastor and the 
people of Philadelphia Church for their warm welcome and cordial 
spirit of Christian fellowship both in the church and in their homes. 

To the ladies of the church and community we extend our 
sincere thanks for their gracious hospitality and beautiful provision 
of delicious food day by day. 

We_ depart with lasting memories of this session of Presbytery, 
invoking God's blessing upon the mutual ministry of the pastor and 
people in this midst. 

We suggest a copy of this paper be placed in the hands of the 
pastor to be read to the congregation. 

L. P. BURNEY, Chairman. 
A. F. TIDDY. 

A copy of which is to be presented to the church. 

The absence of certain brethren was noted and the Clerk 
was instructed to correspond with them as to their reasons. 
And a special letter of sympathy was directed to be sent to 
Rev. Robert T. Coit, who was sick. 



46 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

The Minutes of today's sessions were read and approved. 

The roll was called and following prayer by elder Wm. 
Anderson, Presbytery adjourned to meet in Queens Col- 
lege, May 5, 11:00 a. m. 

S. B. McLEAN, Moderator. 

J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 

C. G. LONG, Temporary Clerk. 

J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 

ADJOURNED MEETING 

Queens College, May 5, 1930. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in adjourned session in the 
administration building of Queens College at 12 o'clock, 
May 5, 1930. Rev. S. B. McLean, Moderator, presided. The 
meeting was opened with prayer by Rev. J. M. Walker. 
The following were present : 

ROLL 

Ministers: S. B. McLean, J. G. Garth, C. W. Sommer- 
ville, W. B. Mcllwaine, H. C. Carmichael, J. F. Hardie, J. W. 
Grier, W. C Underwood, J. S. McFall, W. C. Cooper, M. B. 
Prince, L. P. Burney, S. J. Hood, J. M. Walker, J. C. Grier, 
W. B. S. 'Chandler, W. W. Akers, W. H. Johnston, C. H. 
Rowan, C. R. Nisbet, W. A. Nicholson, B. F. Yandell, C. H. 
Little, J. A. Mclntyre, E. G. Gammon, A. S. Johnson, M. E. 
Peabody, W. H. Frazer, R. S. Burwell, A. E. Dillard, J. R. 
Bridges, L E. Wallace. 

Elders: J. T. Robinson, Sugaw Creek; R. Z. Query, 
Steele Creek; R. L. Choate, Huntersville ; F. H. Andrews, 
Charlotte First, Wm. Anderson, Charlotte Second; J. W. 
Miller, Amity. 

The Stated Clerk gave the following report of a joint 
meeting of this Presbytery, Kings Mountain, and a com- 
mission from Granville Presbytery, which was received as 
information : 



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JOINT SESSION 

Mecklenburg, Kings Mountain, and Granville Presbyteries 

A joint session of Mecklenburg Presbytery, Kings Mountain and 
Granville Presbyteries met at Queens College Chapel, Charlotte, 
N. C, at 11 a. m. May 5, 1930. 

Dr. I. S. McElroy, of Kings Mountain, was elected chairman of 
the meeting. The meeting was led in prayer by Dr. C. R. Nisbet. 

The stated clerks of the three presbyteries were appointed joint 
clerks of the meeting. 

The chairman read the action of Mecklenburg Presbytery of Feb- 
ruary 17, asking for the joint meeting, and it was ascertained that 
Kings Mountain Presbytery had ratified the merger of Queens and 
Chicora Colleges, and agreed to meet on this occasion in joint ses- 
sion. It was also reported that Granville Presbytery had ratified the 
merger, and had appointed a commission of five to meet at Queens 
College at this time. 

Dr. W. H. Frazer, president of Queens College was called on to 
state the reasons for raising $116,000 to complete the Endowment of 
the College. 

Mr. McAllister Carson, president of the Board of Trustees of 
Queens College and Mr. Hunter Marshall, a member of the Board 
were given the privileges of the floor. 

A resolution was submitted by Dr. C. R. Nisbet and adopted as 
follows : 

RESOLUTION FOR RAISING THE QUEENS COLLEGE 
ENDOWMENT 

The committee appointed by the Presbytery of Mecklenburg 
at a recent meeting to draw up a resolution upon the question of 
raising the Fund necessary to complete the Endowment Fund of 
Queens College to wit: $116,000.00, held a meeting with Mr. Mc- 
Alister Carson, President of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Hunter 
Marshall, attorney for the Board, and Rev. W. H. Frazer, President 
of the College, and after mature deliberation makes the following 
recommendations to the three presbyteries in the Synod of North 
Carolina having control of the College. 

1. That the Board of Trustees of Queens College be authorized 
to put on a campaign to raise the above amount or any other 
amount which may be necessary to guarantee the accrediting of 
Queens College as an A-grade four-year College in the Southern 
Association of Colleges- and Secondary Schools. 

2. That in the raising of this fund the said Board of Trustees 
be encouraged to employ a suitable man to direct the campaign, 
and solicit funds from individuals throughout the Presbyteries. 

3. That a Committee consisting of two members from the 
Presbytery of Mecklenburg, and one each from the Presbyteries of 



48 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Kings Mountain and Granville, be appointed to act in conjunction 
with a similar committee from the Board of Trustees of the College, 
in giving direction and arranging the details of the campaign. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHAS. R. NISBET, Chairman. 
JAS. F. HARDIE. 
S. B. McLEAN. 

The report of Committee of Schools and Colleges of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery was again referred to the Presby- 
teries in session. 

The joint meeting adjourned to meet again at 1 :45 this 
afternoon. 

The Presbytery then adopted the paper referred to this 
body by the joint session entitled a Resolution for Raising 
the Endowment of Queens College, which is rcorded above. 

The Moderator and Dr. W. H. Frazer were appointed to 
select the committee to act with other presbyteries in ar- 
ranging the details of the campaign for raising the en- 
dowment, and directing it among the churches. 

Rev. J. F. Hardie and J. W. Thompson were nominated 
by this committee and elected to direct the Endowment 
Campaign. 

The report of the Barium Springs Orphanage was pre- 
sented by Rev. W. W. Akers, chairman of the Permanent 
CommitteCj and adopted as follows : 

ORPHANS' HOME AT BARIUM SPRINGS 

There are 366 children in the Orphans' Home which is six more 
than the rated capacity of the institution. 

Of the 600 children that applied for admission who were in- 
vestigated by the field worker only 52 could be admitted and this 
made the number larger than the rated capacity. From this fact 
can be seen the popularity of this fine institution and the great op- 
portunity it has of blessing this state by caring for the needy children 
and training them for Christian citizenship and usefulness in the 
church, the home and society, if only better support would be given 
and the capacity enlarged. 

The kind care and attention given the children, the excellent 
advantages provided and the Christian influence and teaching given 
the children make it an ideal place for the needy orphans of our 
state to be trained and saved for the church and state and made an 
asset and not a liability. Only eternity will reveal all the good this 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 49 

institution is doing in our state and for the world in Christian 
teachers and mission workers. 

There the fifty children in the Orphans' Home from Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery. While the majority of them are from Mecklenburg 
County they are more evenly distributed at this time than formerly 
in the counties of Anson, Moore, Richmond, Stanley and Union. 

The receipts from Mecklenburg Presbytery have shown a 
slump during the last two years. The year ending March 31, 1928 the 
amount contributed was $26,658.89. 

The year ending March 31, 1929 the amount given was $22,- 
693.15. For this year, closing March 31, 1930 the receipts were only 
$20,938.65, a falling ofif of $5,720.24 from the amount contributed 
two years ago and this in face of increased expense by enlarged 
numbers of children cared for. 

During this year 5 Presbyteries made a gain in contributions, 
four Presbyteries fell behind and Mecklenburg Presbytery's falling 
behind was the most of any. This should call for serious thought on 
our part and for a more earnest endeavor for the coming year that 
Mecklenburg maintain her good name and do her part in this 
needy and grand work. 

The institution has run behind this year and last in the 
amount needed for the support as estimated in the budget. The 
amount estimated in the budget for the Orphans' Home to re- 
ceive is $107,000.00. The amount actually received in the year just 
closed was $95,096.00, which is nearly $12,000.00 short of the 
amount needed. 

In view of these facts your committee requests Presbytery to 
urge all the churches (1) To a more liberal support of the Or- 
phans' Home and an earnest endeavor to care for the needy ones 
there under our charge ; (2) To make an earnest effort at Thanks- 
giving and Christmas time to see that this institution, its needs 
and cause, be well presented to the people for this liberal con- 
tribution above the amount regularly contributed in the every 
member canvass. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. W. AKERS, Chairman. 

The committee to nominate ten additional members of 
the Presbytery's committee on the Ministers' Annuity 
Fund made the following nominations which were elected : 

COMMITTEE ON MINISTERS ANNUITY FUND 

The committee on nomination of ten laymen to act on the 
Ministers' Annuity Fund Committee beg leave to submit the 
following : 

In addition to the five old members which are as follows : 
N. C. White, Chairman, Charlotte; J. M. Oldham, Charlotte; R. A. 
Dunn, Charlotte ; T. M. Glasgow, Charlotte ; J. L. Choate, Hun- 



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tersville ; we would nominate : M. J. Harris, Albemarle ; Dr. J. E. 
Hart, Wadesboro; J. E. McLauchlin, Hamlet; Rufus Grier, Char- 
lotte (Steele Creek) ; H. J. Spencer, A. E. McCausland, John 
Tate, W. B. Bradford, H. C. Alexander, W. L. Wallis, Charlotte. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. A. DILLARD. 

J. W. THOMPSON. 

J. L. CHOATE. 

WM. ANDERSON. 

W. H. FRAZER, Chairman. 

Rev. W. S. Hamiter was dismissed at this own request 
to Bethel Presbytery and the chairman of the Committee 
of Ministerial Relief was directed to recommend that he be 
given the same appropriation from the Assembly's Fund of 
Ministerial Relief. 

Presbytery took recess until the call of Moderator. 

Presbytery reconvened at 2:15 p. -m. The Stated Clerk 
reported that the three presbyteries had all approved the 
resolution sent to them on raising Queens College Endow- 
ment and had appointed the following to direct the cam- 
paign : 

Mecklenburg Presbytery: Rev. J. F. Hardie and ruling 
elder J. W. Thompson, of Charlotte. 

Granville : Ruling elder Watts Hill, of Durham. 

Kings Mountain : Rev. J. H. Henderlite, of Gastonia. 

This was received as information. 

At vote of thanks was extended to Queens College for 
the entertainment at lunch. 

The minutes of this meeting were approved. 

Presbytery, adjourned to meet at Mulberry Church 
October 28, 1930 at 11 a. m. 

S. B. McLEAN, Moderator. 

J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



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51 



REPORT OF EVERY MEMBER CANVASS 



BENEVOLENCES 



Total 
Askings 

Albemarle 2300 

Altan 60 

Amity 540 

Badin 360 

Banks 550 

Bethany 40 

Bethel 500 . 

Bethlehem 180 

Beulah 60 

Biscoe 110 _ 

Brainard 140 

Caldwell Memorial 13800 

Camden 180 

Cameronian 130 

Candor 170 _ 

Central Steele Creek __ 868 

Charlotte, First 59000 _ 

Charlotte, Second 64000 

Cook's Memorial 750 

Cornelius 400 

Ellerbe 100 

Hamlet 1900 

Hopewell 1100 

Huntersville 2050 

Indian Trail 190 

Lee Park 70 

Lilesville 30 

Locust 80 

Macedonia 270 

Mallard Creek 1350 

Marks Creek 170 

Marshville 290 

Marston 140 

Matthews 310 

McGee 850 

McLean Memorial __ 40 

Midland 30 

Midway 30 

Monroe 5800 

Morgan Memorial 30 

Morven 600 

Mt. Carmel -'— 140 

Mt. Gilead 420 

Mulberry 200 

Myers Park 11500 



Newell 

Nevin 

Norman 

North Charlotte 
Norwood 



700 

40 

70 

150 

670 



No. 
Sub. 

140 
45 
55 
21 
18 
30 



79 

28 



33 
16 
40 
64 
395 
99 



90 
200 



Amt. 
Sub 

1300 

45 

680 

365 

148 

30 



CURRENT EXPENSES 
Total No. Amt 

Sub. 

255 



Budget 

8500 

265 

2250 

2073 

600 

250 



45 
55 
59 
18 
30 



180 
50 



32 132 
439 8263 

3 26 

33 91 

"45 "'721 

._-_ 36670 

851 26188 

77 362 



442 

300 

334 

518 

12500 

275 

449 

2150 

1300 

'37500 



79 
28 
30 
36 
492 
50 
50 
25 
45 



400 
51 
420 
478 
15052 
452 



150 
670 



700 

300 

3080 

1882 

30640 

1373 

275 

100 

1604 

3080 



51 

47 

40 

102 

395 

99 

30 

3 

90 

200 



Sub. 

6750 

265 

2500 

2073 

265 

250 



442 
233 
33A 
314 
10891 
260 
429 
869 
950 



931 34738 



""20 

135 


""83 
698 


"'850 
7500 


""40 
135 


"Iso 

4295 


""13 
30 


""31 

75 


2800 
318 
500 


' 15 
30 


""42 
500 







""370 
550 


""17 
70 


128 
600 


41 


""75 


""510 


""41 


"lio 


""15 


""56 


""310 


""19 


"'312 


""7"6 
6 


"loo 

10 


"1500 
125 


""76 
14 


"1500 
115 


""17 


""61 


""216 


______ 


""128 




2500 









674 

198 

3080 

1882 

32304 

1373 

275 

65 

1604 

3080 



52 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



REPORT OF EVERY MEMBER CANVASS 



BENEVOLENCES 



Oakboro -. 
Pageland _. 
Palestine _. 
Paw Creek 
Peachland . 
Pee Dee _— 



Total 
Askings 

20 _ 
90 
11 
2100 
50 
150 



Philadelphia 1800 

Pineville 910 

Plaza 700 

Pleasant Hill 400 

Polkton 100 

Porter 30 

Providence 500 

Ramah 550 

Rehoboth 50 

Roberdell 130 

Robinson 510 

Rockingham 590 

Rourk's Chapel 80 

Salem 40 

Seversville 880 

Sharon 2200 

Siler 220 

Six Mile Creek 70 

Stanfield 30 

Star 20 

Steele Creek 7500 

Stephenson 100 

St. Paul 1700 

Sugaw Creek 36000 

Tabernacle 40 

Tenth Avenue 5900 

Thomasboro 680 

Troy 130 

Turner 90 

Unionville 70 

Wadesboro 900 

Wadeville 40 

Waxhaw 250 

Walkersville 620 

West Avenue 2230 

Westminster 6300 

Williams Memorial — 1400 

Wilmoore 570 



No. 
Sub. 



22 



Amt. 
Sub. 



95 



CURRENT EXPENSES 

Total No. Amt. 

Budsret Sub. Sub. 

440 12 288 
250 22 187 



172 


1611 


2782 


189 


2782 


12 


25 


300 


12 


204 


20 


100 


300 


20 


300 


250 


825 


2600 


250 


2450 


100 


300 


1200 


130 


1200 


195 


460 


5104 


195 


5104 


.75 


455 


500 


75 


400 


23 


25 


317 


23 


317 



40 
50 

35 
13 

57 



524 

"93 
150 



21 

26 

4 

17 



95 

'251 

86 

75 



500 

400 

35 

n 

27S 



750 
900 
200 
467 
1500 



25 
7819 

"1061 
1876 



245 

175 

5000 

200 

5050 

2850 



225 3000 10600 



150 

83 

52 

207 



650 

350 

100 

2200 



50 

"6070 
1171 

472 



460 

12000 

.9400 

2029 

5,268 



40 
66 
35 
44 
21 



524 

20 

133 

163 



21 
26 
10 

62 



95 

225 

261 

93 



750 
900 
200 
388 
2>2>7 



______ 


"""27 


"'150 


"""19 


""157 


"'"75 


"1192 


"3100 


"""89 


"3685 


156 


2006 


2496 


158 


2496 


4 


20 


522 


8 


7Z 



30 

130 

5497 

200 

3408 

2509 



250 8000 



700 

350 

100 

1419 



460 
8000 
7265 
1936 
4765 



Total 217809 



6069 127472 208544 7161 181465 



Last Year's Re port__ 222479 4991 148838 199540 5779 181627 

Note: In a number of churches the canvass was incomplete and 
this report does not indicate the full amount the church will pledge. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 53 

CHURCH PROPERTY 

Value of Value of Debt on 
Name of Church Church Manse Property 

Albemarle $105,000 $ 5,000 $ 25,000 

Altan 3,000 

Amity 5,000 5,000 

Badin 20,000 

Banks 6,000 4,000 

Bethany 2,000 

Bethel 5,000 1,500 

Bethlehem 1,000 2,500 

Beulah 3,500 1,500 

Biscoe 500 

Bramard 2,500 

Caldwell Memorial 150,000 12,000 21,000 

Camden 1,000 

Cameronian 2,500 

Candor 18,000 

Central Steele Creek 3,500 

Charlotte, First 

Charlotte, Second 450,000 

Cooks Memorial 6,000 

Cornelius 15,000 

Ellerbe 12,000 

Hamlet 70,000 

Hopewell 20,000 

Huntersville 30,000 

Indian Trail 3,500 

Lee Park 5,000 

Lilesville 50 

Locust 1,500 

Macedonia 5,000 

Mallard Creek 10,000 2,000 2,700 

Marks Creek 1,500 

Marshville 

Marston 2,000 

Matthews 

McGee 8,000 

McLean Memorial 

Midland 800 

Midway 

Monroe 67,500 7,500 

Morgan Memorial 

Morven 15,000 

Mt. Carmel 500 

Mt. Gilead 32,000 

Mulberry 25,000 

Myers Park 255,000 

Nevin 10,000 

Newell 5,000 

Norman 5,000 

North Charlotte 14,455 

Norwood 20,000 

Oakboro 3,500 



5,000 




3,500 




12,000 


21,000 


3,000 




4,000 


5,500 




10,500 


2,000 


662 




700 


2,500 




6,000 


5,540 



2,500 


16,000 


4,000 


6,828 




180,000 




5,142 


2,000 






336 




4,538 




1,600 



54 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

CHURCH PROPERTY 

Value of Value of Debt on 
Name of Church Church Manse Property 

Pageland 3,000 1,500 

Palestine 

Paw Creek 24,000 6,000 4,200 

Peachland 2,000 

Pee Dee 2,000 

Philadelphia 10,000 1,500 

Pineville 2,500 3,500 

Plaza 20,000 4,200 

Pleasant Hill . 2,000 

Polkton 1,000 

Porter 1,000 

Providence 5,000 5,000 

Ramah 5,500 

Rehoboth 3,500 

Roberdel 2,000 

Robinson 6,500 

Rockingham 18,000 

Rourk's Chapel 

Salem 2,000 

Seversville 20,000 

Siler 12,000 

Six Mile Creek 7,000 

Stanfiefd 800 

Star -_ 150 

Steele Creek 60,000 

Stevenson 6,000 

St. Paul 25,000 

Sugaw Creek 25,000 

Tabernacle 7,000 

Tenth Avenue 75,000 

Thomasboro 12,000 

Troy _1 25,000 

Turner - 5,000 

Unionville 2,500 

Wadesboro 30,000 

Wadeville 2,500 

Waxhaw 12,000 

Walkersville 2,000 

West Avenue 80,000 

Westminster 61,000 

W^illiams Memorial 14,000 

Wilmoore 29,000 

Total $2,047,755 $215,000 $388,246 



2,000 


2,000 


4,000 




1,500 


33 


7,500 


1,200 




50 


15,000 


5,850 


5,000 


3,600 


5,000 






1,500 


15,000 


12,000 




5,300 


2,500 




5,000 


205 




6,000 


2,500 


300 




19,500 


10,000 


10,000 


3,000 


1,500 


8,000 


9,762 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 55 
INDEX 

Adjourned Meeting, Feb. 3, 1930 3 

Adjourned Meeting, Feb. 17, 1930 5 

Adjourned Meeting, May 5, 1930 46 

Appropriations to Home Mission Churches 35 

Arrangements at Presbytery 11 

Bills and Overtures 29 

Basis of Consolidation of Queens and Chicora 17 

Barium Springs Orphanage Report 48 

Calls and Supplies 39 

Chicora and Queens Merger . 16, 17 

Church Property Valuation 53, 54 

Christian Education Report 19 

Coit, R. T., Letter of Sympathy to 45 

Commissioners to Assembly 14 

Country Church Report 26 

Directory Inside Cover 

Evangelism Report 21 

Popular Meeting in Fall at Presbytery 21 

Every Member Canvass Report 51, 52 

Fall Meeting, Place and Time 27 

Federal Council, Presbytery's Overture 

to Assembly 29 

Foreign Missions Report 22 

Special Committee 23 

Frazer, A. H., Received 13 

Frazer, A. H., to Supply at McGee 39 

Garth, J. G., Treasurer's Report 24 

Hamiter, W. S., Dismissed Bethel Presbytery 50 

Home Missions Report 29 

Popular Meeting 27 

Workers' Conference 34 

Joint Meeting, Mecklenburg, Kings Mountain and 

Granville Presbyteries 6, 47 

Leave of Absence Report 39 

Lyerly, S. B., Death and Memorial 8 

Manual Committee Continued 45 

Marshville, Pastorate Dissolved, C. E. White 14 

Mcllwaine, R. J., Re-elected 34 

Men's Work, Report ?>1 

Mulberry Invites Presbytery 27 

Ministers' Annuity Fund Committee 49, Also Cover 

Ministerial Relief Beneficiaries List 20 



56 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Neill, W. B., Called to Lee Park Group 4 

Installed at Lee Park, etc 6 

Nicholson, W. A., Called to Pineville and Banks 4 

Installed at Pineville and Banks 42 

Organic Union with United Presbyterians Disapproved 28 

Overture to Davidson College Trustees to Retain R. O. T. C 29 

Federal Council 29 

Permanent Committees Inside Cover 

Presbyterial Sermon by M. B. Prince 14 

P'resbyterial Tax Report 35 

Price, W. E., Report as Treasurer of Home Missions 30 

Price, W. E., Report as Benevolence Treasurer 24 

Protests Recorded Against R. O. T. C. Overture 29 

Queens College Report 15 

Endowment Resolution of Feb. 17, 1930 6 

Merger with Chicora Approved 17 

Joint Resolution Adopted May 5, 1930 47, 48 

Joint Committee Appointed 48 

Religious Education Report 

Sunday Schools 40 

S. S. Statistics Insert 

Young People's Work 41 

R. O. T. C. Endorsed 29 

Sabbath and Family Religion 42 

Schools and Colleges Report 15 

Sessional Records Committee Report Zl 

Standing Committees 12 

Statistical Report Insert 

Stewardship Report 43 

Stewardship Prayer Meeting 7 

Supplies, H. C. Carmichael at Unionville 34 

W. H. Frazer and Others 39 

Synod's Minutes, Report on 39 

Thanks Resolutions Adopted 45 

Trustees Inside Cover 

Trustees' Report 13 

Vacancy and Supply Committee Report 36 

Walker, A. A., Re-elected Supt. of Home Missions 34 

Walker, J. R., on College at A. & E 22 

White, C. E., Pastorate Dissolved at Marshville 14 

White, C. E., Dismissed to Roanoke Presbytery 14 

White, N. C, Made Chairman of Ministers' Annuity Com 4 

Woman's Work Report 25 



STATISTICAL REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. 1930 




REPORT OF SABBATH SCHOOLS 



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9. Sabbath and Family Religion— R. J. Mcllwain, J. W. McCain, 
Wm Ross. 

10. Evangelism — A. A. Walker, W. B. Mcllwaine, W. E. Price. 

11. Men's Work— Lynn R. Walker, I. E. Wallace, L. P. Burney, 
J. E. McLaughlin, C. P. Brown, H J. Spencer, P. S. Gilchrist, 
J. P. Marsh, T. M. Glasgow, M. E. Trotter. 

12. Women's Work— W. B. Mcllwaine, J. C. Grier, W. B. S. Chand- 
ler," H. J. Spencer, R G. Spratt. 

13. Auditing — J. F. Jamison, J. L. Williamson, 

14. Stewardship — W. H. Johnston, Chairman and Secretary of Stew- 
ardship; W. H. Frazer, E. G. Gammon, Frank Matthews, W. E. 
Neil, R. A. Grier. 

15. Sessional Records— T. H. Mitchell, W. G. Thomas, W. C. Cooper, 

and five elders. 

16. Country Church Work— Q. N. Huneycutt, F. S. Neal, S. J. Hood. 

17. Ministers' Annuity Fund— N. C. White, Chairman; T. M. Glas- 
gow, J. L. Choate, J. M. Oldham, R. A. Dunn, M. J. Harris, Dr. 
J. E. Hart, J. E. McLaughlin, Rufus Grier, H. J. Spencer, A. E. 
McCausland, John Tate, W B. Bradford, H C. Alexander, W. L 
WalHs. 

18. Examinations: 

(1) Experimental Piety — The Moderator. 

(2) Academic Studies — L. P. Burney. 

(3) Languages — Latin Thesis and Greek Exegesis — C. W. Som- 
merville, J. W. Grier. 

(4) Natural and Exact Sciences — C H. Little, M. B. Prince. 

(5) Mental and Moral Philosophy, Logic and Rhetoric — W. H. 
Frazer, W. B. S. Chandler. 

(6) Theology — A. S. Johnson, W. B. Mcllwaine, Jr., C. H. Rowan. 

(7) Church History— J. M. Walker, J S. McFall. 

(8) Church Government and Sacraments — M. E. Peabody, T. M. 
Stribling. 



TRUSTEES OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 

Davidson— R. A. Dunn, H. N. Pharr— Terms expire 1932; C. R. 
Nisbet, J. P. Matheson, W. H. Belk— Terms expire 1930. 

Queens — McAlister Carson, Chairman — Term expires 1931 ; E. A. 
McCausland, J. W. McClung, Hunter Marshall — Terms expire 
1930; Mrs. C. C. Hook, Mrs. Cameron Morrison, J .L. Choate, 
P. S. Gilchrist — Terms expire 1931 ; J. Arthur Henderson, E. E. 
Jones, A. J. Crowell — Terms expire 1932. 

(Continued' from inside front cover) 



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MINUTES 



OF 



Mecklenburg 
Presbytery 



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122nd STATED SESSION 

Mulberry Church 
October 28, 29, 1930 



CALLED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

June 24, 1930 

July 17, 1930 

September 15, 1930 

November 17, 1930 



ADJOURNED MEETING 
December 1, 1930 






7 

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m 



STATED SPRING SESSION 
April 21, 1931 

(No place selected) 



OFFICERS OF PRESBYTERY 

Mr. W. E. Price, Moderator.. Charlotte, N. C 

Rev. J. G. Garth, Stated Clerk Charlotte, N. C 

Rev. J. W. Stork, Permanent Clerk Mt. Gilead, N. C. 

DIRECTORY 

PERMANENT COMMITTEES 

1. Foreign Missions — E. G. Gammon, C. G. Long, C. A. Harper, 
W. L. Wallis, M. B. Speir. 

2. Assembly's Home Missions— J. F Hardie, C. H. Little, A. S. 
Anderson, George B. Chapman. 

3. Christian Education and Ministerial Relief — J. W. Grier, W. B. S. 
Chandler, J. W. McClung, J. M. Oldham. 

4. Religious Education — General Chairman, L. P. Burney. 

(1) Children's Division: W. M. Wilcox, W. E. Price. 

(2) Young People's Division : E. A. Dillard, M. E. Peabody, J. D. 
Woodside. 

(3) Sunday School Extension: M. B. Prince, C. M. Hutchinson. 

(4) Leadership Training: B. F. Yandell, G. M. Beaty, Dr. R. H. 
Lafferty. 

5. Bible Cause—W. A. Nicholson, J. W. Stork. 

6. Synod's Home Missions— L E. Wallace, A. L. McDuffie, C H. 
Caldwell, D. S. Monteith. 

_7. Orphans* Home— W. W. Akers, R. W. Culbertson, William An- 
derson, W. A. Jamison. 

8. Schools and Colleges— C. R. Nisbet, L E. Wallace, B. F. Yandell, 
Beatty Faires, G. M. Rose, Jr., A. S. Johnson. 

9. Sabbath and Family Religion — R. J. Mcllwaine, J. W. McCain, 
Wm. Ross. 

10. Evangelism— A. A. Walker, W. B. Mcllwaine, W. E. Price. 

11. Men's Work— J. E. McLaughUn, I. E.. Wallace, S. B. McLean, 
C P. Brown, H. J. Spencer, P. S. Gilchrist, J. P. Marsh, T. M. 
Glasgow, M. E. Trotter. 

12. Women's Work— Lynn R. Walker, J. C. Grier, W. B. S. Chandler, 
H. J. Spencer, R. G. Spratt. 

13. Auditing — J. F, Jamison, J. L. Williamson. 

14. Stewardship — W. H. Johnston, chairman and Secretary of Stew- 
ardship ; W. H. Frazer, E. G. Gammon, Frank Matthews, W. E. 
Neil, R. A. Grier. 

15. Sessional Records— T. H; Mitchell, W. G. Thomas, W. C. Cooper, 
and five elders. 



(Continued on back inside cover) 



MINUTES 

OF 



Mecklenburg 
Presbytery 



122nd STATED SESSION 

Mulberry Church 
October 28, 29, 1930 



CALLED MEETINGS 

At First Church, Charlotte, N. C. 

June 24, 1930 

July 17, 1930 

September 15, 1930 

November 17, 1930 



ADJOURNED MEETING 
December 1, 1930 



STATED SPRING SESSION 
April 21, 1931 

(No place selected) 



Press of 
Standard Printing Co. 

Charlotte, N. C. 



CALLED MEETING 

Charlotte, N. C, June 24, 1930. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in called session at the First 
Church, Charlotte, N. C, at 11 a. m. The following were 
present : 

Ministers: S. B. McLean, A. S. Johnson, G. C. Hunting- 
ton, A. F. Doty, A. A. Walker, R. W. Culbertson, A. R. Shaw, 
J. G. Garth, B. F. Yandell, I. E. Wallace, L. P. Burney, C. W. 
Sommerville, J. C. Grier, E. G. Gammon, T. H. Mitchell, 
W. H. Johnston. 

Elders: W. E. Price, Caldwell Memorial; J. W. Thomp- 
son, Myers Park. 

The meeting opened with prayer by Rev. R. W. Culbertson, 
the Moderator. Rev. S. B. McLean presided, and the call was 
announced as follows : 

The constitutional requirements having been met, I hereby call 
Mecklenburg Presbytery to meet at the First Presbyterian Church, Char- 
lotte, N. C, Tuesday, June 24, 1930, at 11 a. m., to attend to the following 
business : 

1. To consider the request of Rev. A. F. Doty to dissolve the pas- 
toral relation between himself and the North Charlotte Church. 

2. To hear the response of the church to this request. 

3. To grant Mr. Doty the privilege of laboring outside the bounds 
of Presbytery until the fall meeting. 

Charlotte, N. C, June 13, 1930. 

S. B. McLEAN, Moderator. 
J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 

The call was found in order. Rev. A. F. Doty presented his 
request for the dissolution of his pastorate at North Charlotte. 
A paper representing the minutes of the congregational meet- 
ing of the North Charlotte Church was read in which it was 
indicated that the church concurred with the pastor in the 
request. 

The Presbytery then dissolved the relation, and granted Mr. 
Doty permission to labor outside the bounds of the Presbytery 
until the fall meeting of Presbytery. 

The minutes were read and approved. The meeting ad- 
journed with a season of prayer in which several brethren led 
the Presbytery in special intercession for divine blessing. 

S. B. McLEAN, Moderator. 
J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



4 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

CALLED MEETING 

Charlotte, N. C, July 17, 1930. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in called session on July 17, 
1930, at the First Church, Charlotte, N. C, and was opened 
with prayer by Rev. C. W. Sommerville, D.D. The Rev. J. W. 
Grier acted as Moderator. The following were present : 

Ministers: A S. Johnson, E. A. Dillard, J F. Hardie, C. W. 
Sommerville, J. W. Grier, J. G. Garth, B. F. Yandell, E. G. 
Gammon, I. E. Wallace, J. M. Walker, A. L. McDuffie, S. J. 
Hood, and M. B. Prince. 

Elders: J W. Thompson, Myers Park; L. R. Boyd, Tenth 
Avenue ; F. H. Andrews, First Church, Charlotte. 

The call was read and found in order as follows : 

The constitutional requirements having been met, I hereby call 
Mecklenburg Presbytery to meet in called session at the First Presby- 
terian Church, Charlotte, N. C, at 9:30 a. m., Thursday, July 17, 1930, 
to attend to the following business : 

1. To examine with a view to licensure or ordination Mr. M. R. 
Moss, a candidate for the ministry under the care of this Presbytery. 

2. To examine such candidates as shall come before the Presbytery 
at that time who desire to be received under the care of Presbytery as 
candidates for the ministry. 

S. B. McLEAN, Moderator. 

Charlotte, N. C, July 7, 1930. 

Two young men presented themselves for admission to the 
care of Presbytery as candidates for the ministry, William 
Gardner Stanley and Olin Marsh Whitener. Mr. Stanley's appli- 
cation was approved by the session of the Second Presbyterian 
Church of Charlotte, although his home at present is Lumberton, 
N. C. Mr. Whitener's application was approved by his home 
session at Huntersville. Both were examined as to their Chris- 
tian experience and motives for seeking the ministry. The exam- 
inations were sustained and the young men accepted as candi- 
dates. A charge to them was delivered by Rev. E. A. Dillard 
nnd prayer was offered by Rev. A. S. Johnson, D.D. 

Mr. Moody Rash Moss, a candidate for the ministry under 
care of this Presbytery, applied for licensure as a probationer 
for the gospel ministry. A special committee was appointed to 
review certain papers offered by Mr. Moss as parts of trial. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 5 

This committee was Drs. C. W. Sommerville and J. F. Hardie, 
and Ruling Elder F. H. Andrews. 

On proceeding to the examination of Mr. Moss, it was ascer- 
tained that Mr. Moss had not completed courses in either high 
school or academic studies, and the Presbytery adopted a motion 
to license him as an extraordinary case. 

The candidate was examined as to personal piety by Rev. 
K. G. Gammon, on theology by Rev. A. S. Johnson, in English 
Bible by Rev. J. G. Garth, on Church Government and Sacra- 
ments by Rev. I. E. Wallace. These were sustained as satisfac- 
tory. Since Mr. Moss had a certificate of class work in Union 
Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va., which institution he had 
attended for three years, this paper was accepted in lieu of an 
examination in Church History. The case being extraordinary, 
the candidate was excused as to the original languages of 
scripture. 

The special committee reported its examination of the pop- 
ular lecture on the Pharisee and the Publican, the Thesis on 
Regeneration, the exegesis on Phil. 2:5-11, and the sermon on 
Rom. 8 :28, and recommended that they be accepted as parts of 
trial of Mr. Moss, which was adopted. 

The candidate then answered the constitutional questions for 
licensure propounded by the Moderator in the affirmative and 
was declared a licentiate as a probationer of the gospel ministry. 

After the reading of the minutes, Presbytery adjourned with 
prayer by Rev. J. M. Walker. 

J. W. GRIER, Moderator Pro Tem. 
J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



CALLED MEETING 

Charlotte, N. C, September 15, 1930. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in called session at the First 
Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N. C, Monday, September 15, 
1930, at 2 p. m., and was called to order by the Moderator, Rev. 
S. B. McLean, and was led in prayer by Rev. J. G. Garth. The 
following were found present : 

Ministers: J. W. Moore, G. C. Huntington, A. R. Shaw, 
J. W. Grier, R. J. Mcllwaine, C. H. Little, A. S. Johnson, 
R. W. Culbertson, J. G. Garth, J. W. Stork, J. M. Walker, 
L. H. Query, Q. N. Huneycutt, W. B. Mcllwaine, W. T. Smith, 
A. A. Walker, C. G. Long, S. B. McLean, W. H. Johnston, 
J. C. McGehee, T. M. Stribling, J. A. Caligan, E. G. Gam- 
mon, C. R. Nisbet, D.D., T. H. Mitchell, W. C. Copeland, 
J. C. Grier, W. G. Thomas, E. A. Dillard, J. F. Hardie, W. W. 
Akers, W. B. S. Chandler, L. P. Burney, W. C. Cooper, S. J. 
Hood, J. A. Mclntyre, W. A. Nicholson, W. B. Neil, H. C. 
Carmichael. 

Elders: Dr. J. E. Hart, Wadesboro ; H. C. Alexander, 
Westminster ; O. W. Potts, Banks ; Dr. S. M. Henderson, Cald- 
well Memorial; W. L. WaUis, Tenth Avenue; Dr. Alex Gra- 
ham, Charlotte Second ; J. L. Choate, Huntersville ; H. E. Mc- 
Comb, Robinson; H. G. Torrance, Bethel; A. J. McConnell, 
CorneHus; J. E. Woodside, St. Pauls. 

The call was read and found in order. 

The constitutional requirements having been fulfilled, I hereby call 
Mecklenburg Presbytery to meet in special session at the First Presby- 
terian Church, Charlotte, N. C, at 2 p. m., Monday, September 15, 1930, 
to attend to the following items : 

1. To hear the request of Rev. J. C. McGehee for a dissolution 
of his pastorate at Robinson Church. 

2. To hear the request of Rev. W. T. Smith for a dissolution of his 
pastorates at Bethel and Cornelius. 

3. To hear the answer of the churches to these requests. 

4. To receive candidates for the ministry. 

5. To reorganize the Committee of the Ministers' Annuity Fund. 

6. To receive ministers, hear calls and arrange installations. 

S. B. McLEAN, Moderator. 
Charlotte, N. C, September 5, 1930. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 7 

Rev. Henry H. Sweets, D.D., of Louisville Presbytery, was 
introduced and invited to sit as a visiting brother. 

Rev. J. C. McGehee submitted his resignation as pastor of 
Robinson Church. RuHng Elder H. E. McComb, representing 
Robinson Church, presented the paper containing the action of 
the congregation in declining to concur with the pastor in his 
request. 

The privilege of the floor was extended to any member of 
the church present, and Miss Essie Johnson spoke for the 
church. 

After many expressions of the fine work done at Robinson, 
the pastoral relation was dissolved, as Mr. McGehee insisted 
on it. 

The request of Rev. J. C. McGehee to labor out of the 
bounds of Presbytery was docketed for the fall meeting. 

The call of St. Pauls Church for the pastoral services of 
Rev. C. A. Harper was found in order and placed on the docket 
for the fall meeting. 

The following ruling elders offered their resignations from 
the Ministers' Annuity Fund Committee : A. E. McCausland, 
N. C. White, M. J. Harris, R. A. Dunn, Thos. Glasgow, W. B. 
Bradford. 

It was moved that a commission of Presbytery be appointed 
to reconstruct the Ministers' Annuity Fund Committee. Pend- 
ing action thereon, the privilege of the floor was extended Dr. 
H. H. Sweets, who addressed the Presbytery on the Ministers' 
Annuity Fund, and answered questions concerning it. 

All laymen present were given the privilege of the floor to 
express their convictions on this subject. 

The motion was carried and the following were appointed 
on the commission : J. F. Hardie, J. M. Walker, J. G. Garth, 
T. L. Choate, and H. C. Alexander. 

Rev. S. A. Ewart, Bethel Presbytery, and Rev. M. R. Gib- 
son, of Concord Presbytery, were introduced and invited to sit 
as visiting brethren. 

Presbytery appointed that two ministers and one elder be 
a quorum of the commission. 



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Mr. S. A. Ackley, representing the Ministers' Annuity Fund, 
spoke briefly. 

Presbyterial extended a rising vote of thanks to Ruling Elder 
N. C. White for his service as Chairman of the Ministers' 
Annuity Fund. 

The request of Rev. W. T. Smith for the dissolution of 
the pastoral relation between himself and Bethel and Cornelius 
churches was presented. Elders H. G. Torrance, of Bethel, and 
A. J. McConnell, of Cornelius, stated that the churches reluct- 
antly concurred and the request was granted, and the pastorates 
dissolved. 

Rev. W. T. Smith was granted a letter of dismission to 
Kings Mountain Presbytery. 

Thos. Archie Freeman, of Steele Creek Church, presented 
the endorsement of the session of the church as a candidate for 
the ministry. 

Rev. J. W. Grier, Chairman of the Christian Education 
Committee, made a statement as to the financial condition of the 
applicant. 

The examination of experimental religion and motives for 
seeking the gospel ministry were conducted by the Moderator. 

The examination was sustained. The formal questions were 
asked and answered in the affirmative by the candidate. Upon 
request of the Moderator, Rev. H. H. Sweets, D.D., deHvered 
the charge to the candidate. The Moderator led the prayer. 

Rev. C. W. Sommerville, D.D., submitted his excuse for 
non-attendance upon this meeting, owing to class room work 
at Oueens-Chicora College. The request was granted. 

Rev. W. W. Akers, Rev. C R. Nisbet, and Rev. W. H. 
Johnston were appointed a committee to draft resolutions of 
respect touching Rev. J. R. Bridges, D.D., deceased. 

The minutes were read and approved. Presbytery adjourned 
wnth prayer led by Rev. W. A. Nicholson. 

S. B. McLEAN, Moderator. 

J. W. STORK, Permanent Clerk. 

Attest: J. G. GARTH, Stated Clerk. 



MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 



REGULAR FALL MEETING 

Mecklenburg Presbytery met in 122nd stated session at Mul- 
berry Church, Charlotte, N. C, Tuesday, October 28, 1930, at 
11a. m., and was opened with a sermon by the Moderator, Rev. 
S. B. McLean, from 2 Kings 12 :3. 

The following were present : 



ROLL 

Ministers: J. W. Moore, J. W. Grier, A. S. Johnson, 
J. W. Stork, W. H. Frazer, M." E. Peabody, C. C. Beam, S. B. 
McLean, C. H. Rowan, J. A. Caligan, T. H. Mitchell, W. G. 
Thomas, A. T. Taylor, L. P. Burney, M. B. Prince, H. C. 
Carmichael, A. H. Frazer, A. R. Shaw, R. J. Mcllwaine, R. 
W. Culbertson, J. M. Walker, Q. N. Hunevcutt, W. B. S. 
Chandler, L E. Wallace, Lynn R. Walker, T. M. StribHng, 
E. G. Gammon, W. C. Copeland, E. A. Dillard, W. W. Akers, 
W. C. Cooper, S. T. Hood, W. A. Nicholson, C. A. Harper, 
G. P. Stevens, C. H. Little, J. G. Garth, W. C. Underwood, 
W. B. Mcllwaine, A. A. Walker, C. G. Long, W. H. Johnston, 

B. F. Yandell, C R. Nisbet, J. C. Grier, J. F. Hardie, J. B. 
Reily, J. S. McFall, J. A. Mclntyre, W. B. Neill. 

Elders: R. W. Elliott, Altan ; J. P. Sample, Amity; O. 
W. Potts, Banks; W. E. Price, Caldwell Memorial; H. T. 
Baldwin, Cameronian; R. R. Grier, Central Steele Creek; M. 

E. Boyer, Charlotte First; W. R. Wearn, Charlotte Second; 
W. D. Cox, Cook's Memorial; A. N. Graham, Hamlet; Miles 
W. Abernethy, Hopewell; W. S. Gray, Huntersville ; C. E. 
Sell, Lee Park; R. W. Alexander, Mallard Creek; J. L. Cash- 
ion, Marston; N. C. Long, McGee; Ralph Webber, Monroe 
First ; W. L. Shelby, Mulberry ; Hunter Marshall, Myers Park ; 
W. A. Douglas, Newell ; M. C. Clark, Pageland ; A. S. Cathey, 
Paw Creek; M. D. Redfern, Peachland; H. E. Garrison, Plaza; 
J. C. Benton, Philadelphia; W. J. Simms, Rehoboth; R. W. 
Blackwelder, Seversville; W. F. Baker, Sharon; E. H. Morris, 
Siler; S. H. Wilson, Steele Creek; J. D. Woodside, St. Paul; 

F. F. Morrison, Sugaw Creek; C. A. Dixon, Tenth Avenue; 
D. D. Allman, Thomasboro; C. J. Pool, Troy; J. C. Richardson, 
Turner ; J. E. Hart, Wadesboro ; J. K. Starnes, Walkersville ; 
J. W. McCain, Waxhaw ; R. L. Smith, West Avenue; P. S. 
Gilchrist, Westminster; W. A. Howie, Williams Memorial; 

C. P. Haves, Wilmoore. 



10 MINUTES OF MECKLENBURG PRESBYTERY 

Presbytery was constituted with prayer by the Moderator. 

The communion service was conducted by Rev. J. W. 
Moore, D.D., and Rev. J. W. Stork. 

A memorial to Rev. J. R. Bridges, D.D., was presented by 
Rev. W. W. Akers. 



JAMES ROBERTSON BRIDGES, D.D. 

SEPTEMBER 29, 1852 JULY 19, 1930 

James Robertson Bridges was the son of James Robertson Bridges, 
Sr., of Richmond, Va. His mother was Mary Dandridge Robertson 
Bridges. Both came from distinguished Virginia families, the former of 
Richmond, the later of Petersburg. James Robertson Bridges, Sr., was a 
tobacco merchant, and finding business duties required his presence in 
St. Louis, he spent two years there, during which the subject of this 
sketch was born on September 29, 1852, in the Missouri city. The family 
moved back to Richmond, and thus the early years of James Robertson 
Bridges, Jr., were spent in Virginia in the hectic days of the Civil War, 
The elder Bridges was too old for the combat, but one son was in the 
Confederate Army. The family consisted of three sons and five daugh- 
ters, of which our friend was the youngest but one. The parents both 
died and left the rearing of the family to the oldest sister, who never 
married, and died at the age of 93 at Birmingham, just two years ago, 
having again taken the charge of a deceased sister's children, and these 
also she reared to maturity. 

Rev. J. R. Bridges, D.D., received his literary degree of A.B. at 
Hampden- Sydney College in Virginia in 1874, and later this college con- 
ferred on him the degree of Doctor of Divinity. He graduated at Union 
Theological Seminary, then at Hampden-Sydney, and was trained under 
Dabney and Peck, whom he often mentioned with admiration and affec- 
tion. He imbibed from them the orthodox views of the deity and savior- 
hood of Jesus Christ, the efficacy of His atonement, the assurance of 
Christ's resurrection as the hope of his own, the power of the Holy Spirit, 
the sovereignty of God in human affairs, and all b